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Review: Lyric Vocals Wow in HOT’s ‘Daughter’

Posted by Julie in Hawaii Opera Theatre, News, Team Gardner

“Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment” is a lighthearted entertainment featuring spectacular vocal displays held together by a slender plot. …The most striking was a nonsinging role — quite unusual for opera — by Jill Gardner as the Duchess of Crackentorp, with her flamboyantly feathered headdress and operatic shrieks. At one point, the Duchess launches into singing one of Jill Gardner’s acclaimed roles (“Tosca”) and Hortensius has to correct her, “Wrong opera!” Read the complete review by Ruth Bingham on the Star-Advertiser website…

Review: “The Girl of the Golden West” at Virginia Opera

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“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

Review: “Girls” brings Wild West to Virginia

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“Soprano Jill Gardner was a brilliant Minnie. Her voice is a powerful instrument that, combined with her natural ability to act brought the pistol-packing, Bible reading, never-been-kissed character with a heart as good as gold to vivid life. Her’s is one of the strongest, most solid soprano sounds to grace the VOA roster. One can only imagine the dramatic heights of her acclaimed Tosca.” Read John Sheldon’s full review in The Virginia Gazette…

Review: Virginia Opera’s “The Girl of the Golden West”

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“Around the middle of Act I, Jill Gardner’s Minnie, the pistol-packing saloon owner, makes her entrance, completely shutting down an all too classic bar fight. The choreography by Erik Gaden makes every punch visceral. Gardner wins the audience’s heart early, and keeps it the whole show. Her singing touches every emotion, and she hits notes on both sides of the scale. Her acting, however, is what really makes the show. Gardner truly becomes Minnie. The audience feels her loneliness, her vulnerability, and most of all, her heart. We get to know her as a mother figure to the miners, as their (literal) teacher, and their protector.” Read Matthew Sporn’s review in…

Review: “La Fanciulla Del West”—A Triumphant Interpretation

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“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…

Jake and Jill—Floria Tosca hates Baron Scarpia

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

To play Tosca, soprano Jill Gardner had to learn how to hate her husband. “Jill Gardner has flown in from her native North Carolina to perform the titular lead in this weekend’s production of Tosca by Opera Coeur d’Alene. Over the span of 12 productions and somewhere north of 50 performances across the country, it has become her signature role. But it’s only the fifth production in which the soprano has performed opposite her real-life husband, Jake. And he’s not playing Cavaradossi. “I often say that, during that rehearsal process, we work a lot of shit out,” she says, chuckling…” Continue this article by E.J. Iannelli on the Inlander website…

Opera Coeur d’Alene presents Puccini’s Tosca

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

Get your tickets now for Opera Coeur d’Alene’s production of TOSCA, Puccini’s moving and memorable opera. The dramatic force of Tosca and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas. Featured Cast: Tosca: Jill Gardner http://jillbowengardner.com/ Scarpia: Jake Gardner http://bassbaritonejakegardner.com/ Cavaradossi: Roger Honeywell https://imgartists.com/roster/roger-honeywell/ Sacristan: Valerian Ruminski https://www.valerianruminskibass.com/ For tickets, visit Opera CDA’s website…

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre—A Grand Night for Singing with Jill & Jake Gardner

Posted by Julie in Hawaii Opera Theatre, News

Join Hawai‘i Opera Theatre for A Grand Night For Singing, featuring Jake & Jill Gardner with singers from the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studios! Jake & Jill will be in Hawai‘i conducting masterclasses with studio members leading up to this concert. To RSVP, contact Hawai‘i Opera Theatre at (808)596-7372 or see details on HOT’s Facebook page. Jill Gardner most recently starred with HOT as Stella in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire in January, 2017. To learn more about the HOT Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, visit: https://www.hawaiiopera.org/education-o…/orvis-opera-studio/ We hope to see you there!

Anchorage Opera’s 55th Anniversary Opera Extravaganza

Posted by Julie in Anchorage Opera, News

Join us for this milestone commemoration as Anchorage Opera pulls out all the stops to mark its 55th Anniversary. You’ll witness some of Opera’s Greatest Hits performed by renowned Guest Soloists, including international stars and dynamic husband and wife duo, Jake and Jill Gardner, powerhouse tenor, Dinyar Vania and rising mezzo soprano star, Sandra Piques Eddy, along with other guests and talented Local Artists. Starring the Anchorage Opera Chorus, Orchestra, special guests the Alaska Dance Theatre and more surprises! For more details, visit Anchorage Opera’s website… Performance Dates: Friday, April 7 @ 8:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, April 8 @ 8:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, April 9 @ 4:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the…

Anchorage Opera—Master Class with the Stars

Posted by Julie in Anchorage Opera, Master Class, News

Before you marvel at international stars, Jake & Jill Gardner, onstage for Anchorage Opera’s 55th Anniversary Opera Extravaganza get to know them, and see them in ‘behind-the-scenes’ action as they share their expertise with talented local singers! You won’t want to miss this unique event as the dynamic husband and wife duo present a Master Class with talented local singers chosen to perform and work with our world class artists to improve their technique and artistry. You’ll witness these young talents blossom before your eyes as our incomparable team share their knowledge and help them hone their vocal and stage craft. Part concert…part workshop…all fun! Visit Anchorage Opera’s website for details and tickets…