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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…

Jill Gardner on Blanche Dubois: “You have to really sing it!”

Posted by Julie in Hawaii Opera Theatre, News

“I think particularly, in these times, why this piece is so good is because everyone, on some level, is suffering—even if it’s in the most private way. Somebody is going through something all of the time. And Blanche, for me, is always trying to find a way to overcome that suffering, and to hide that suffering, and to make beautiful that suffering. When she comes undone in that process, what I want people to leave the theater thinking about is really wanting to show empathy to people and really recognizing that you don’t know what anybody is going through. Many people are going to be bullies and take advantage of the…

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…