“Jill Gardner as Minnie gets what is surely one of the greatest entrances for any soprano, firing a shot to settle down the quarreling miners in her saloon. The next thing we know, she’s reading to them from the Bible—a lesson about forgiveness that will prove prophetic. Just in her first scene alone, we’re given examples of Minnie’s strength, intelligence, self-sufficiency, shyness, and compassion. Gardner invested this endearing character with great fierceness and great tenderness by turns, and sang with clarity and sweetness of tone.” Read Gina Dalfonzo’s review in it’s entirety on the DC Metro Theater Arts website… Photo Credit: Ben Schill Photography (http://www.schillphotography.com) SaveSave
La Fanciulla del West Tag
“Minnie was sung by Jill Gardner, in a Virginia Opera mainstage debut. Her voice is powerful and well-produced, even if still lacking that Tebaldian focus. Gardner’s is a real verismo voice, making it sound easy, and acting every moment. It is understandable that her bio contains raves for her Tosca. She has been through nearly all the Puccini heroines, though not yet Turandot, but I can’t imagine what will stop her. Her Liù is already on the books, and if there’s a soprano today who could work both sides of the Gong, she’s it.” Read David Wagner’s review in it’s entirety on Opera Wire’s website…
September 12 & 14, 2014—Opera Coeur d’Alene’s performance of “La Fanciulla del West” (The Girl of the Golden West) will feature Jill Gardner as Minnie. This show promises to be great fun for all ages. Details and tickets here.