Jill Gardner Tag

Globetrotting Singers at Home in the Triad

Posted by Julie in Interview, News, Piedmont Opera

Music fills their days. They rise up singing, and Jake and Jill Gardner, two of the stars in Piedmont Opera’s “Tosca” that opens Friday, spend most of their time making beautiful music, playing beautiful music or thinking about beautiful music. Jill, who has a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, often accompanies them when they are practicing for performances. Jake warms up his bass-baritone voice on songs like “The Rose of Tralee,” a 19th-century Irish ballad. Jill slides with apparent ease into a passage from “Tosca.” Read the full article by Lynn Felder of the Winston-Salem Journal here…

Two of a Kind—Jill and Jake Gardner

Posted by Julie in News, Piedmont Opera

The opera powerhouse couple, Jill and Jake Gardner, who live in Kernersville, have performed the opera together all over the country. They will reprise their starring roles in an upcoming performance of TOSCA with Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Opera. “…Jill and Jake Gardner have graced the stages of opera houses throughout the world, including previous performances of “Tosca.” In a fortunate twist of fate, the husband and wife reside in Kernersville, just a stone’s throw from where they will reprise their roles as Tosca and Scarpia. “The Piedmont Opera is my home,” says Jill, adding that the first opera she ever saw was “Carmen” at Reynolds Auditorium. “Working here is the greatest delight, because we…

Indy Opera Presents Happy Birthday Wanda June!

Posted by Julie in Indianapolis Opera, News

Happy Birthday Wanda June began life as a play by Kurt Vonnegut in October 1971 at New York’s Theater de Lys. The play was Vonnegut’s first attempt at a stage work. Written to protest the Vietnam War in 1970, the play blends the sacred and the profane to produce off-the-wall and strangely funny satires. Wanda’s plot is based loosely on the Greek legends of Odysseus and Penelope—it involves the unexpected return of a mercenary career solider/hunter named Harold Ryan and his wife, Penelope. When Harold left Penelope, she was a ditzy carhop; when he returns after eight years lost in the Amazon, he finds that she has gone to college, majored in…

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

Posted by Julie in Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, News

Greensboro Opera and Eastern Music Festival present, Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. Greensboro Opera favorites Jill Bowen Gardner, Stephanie Foley Davis and Scott MacLeod, under the direction of Greensboro Opera Artistic Director David Holley, thrill and entertain with the music of Bizet, Verdi, Menotti, and more—followed by musical theater treats by Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables), Jule Styne (Gypsy) and others! The most famous operatic gypsy? Carmen, of course! Our audience will be treated to famous excerpts such as the Habañera and the “Toreador Song,” along with selections sung by other shady and suspicious operatic characters. After intermission, let us entertain you with musical theatre favorites from Gyspy, Babes in Arms, Les Miserables, and more!…

Eugene Opera Gives Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘Eugene Onegin’

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News, Review

“Eugene Opera… met and surpassed all of this reviewer’s expectations at the premiere on Friday night. Rather than merely managing this opera, each and every performer presented a jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, stellar production worthy of the best opera houses in the country, let alone the Hult Center… …The true love story of the night, however, was between Jill and Jake Gardner, husband and wife in real life and in the opera. Jake Gardner’s return to Eugene Opera struck a different tone from the sinister and dark characters of last season. His rich and emotive voice as Prince Gremin proved hypnotic and endearing, lending an immediacy to the character that often is overshadowed by…

First-Rank Soprano Tackles Russian Romance

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News

Eugene Opera brings Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ to town Randi Bjornstad of The Register-Guard wrote a wonderful lead-up to tonight’s performance of Eugene Onegin. Here is an excerpt… Soprano Jill Gardner seems to get rave reviews wherever she goes. “Lustrous, golden soprano and riveting stage presence,” the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle enthused. “Ability to convey vocally the slightest nuance of emotion, making for gripping theater,” the Opera News gushed. “Dynamite, in voice and acting,” the Honolulu Star-Advertiser concluded. All very good news, given that Gardner is singing the female lead role of Tatiana in Eugene Opera’s “Eugene Onegin” this weekend. She’ll be paired with Anton Belov — whose smoldering baritone has been called…

Romance. Passion. Drama.

Posted by Julie in Eugene Opera, News

“Soprano Jill Gardner returns to Eugene for her debut as the romantic Tatiana. Noted for her “effortlessly produced, rich voice” (Opera News), she is swiftly establishing herself among today’s leading operatic heroines and continues to garner national praise for her “lustrous, golden soprano and riveting stage presence” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) and for “her commitment, passion and ability to convey vocally the slightest nuance of emotion, making for gripping theater” (Opera News). Jill Gardner impressed Eugene audiences as Musetta in La Boheme.” The show: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center Sung in Russian with English supertitles Purchase tickets at the official site of Eugene…