“Jill Gardner, in powerful voice, connected on a deep and visceral level with the title character, offering us a Floria Tosca that continually rose above a one-dimensional diva. Her Tosca might be high-maintenance and annoyingly jealous, but Gardner infused her interpretation with strength and determination. The line between fierce acting and melodrama can be thin, but Gardner never stepped over it. My favorite moment of hers: when her character reels at the brutal Scarpia’s carnal request that she give herself to him in exchange for her lover’s life. I felt in that instant the raw power of a woman unafraid to take control of her own life.” Excerpted from a review of TOSCA…
“The real truth is Floria Tosca is not that far away from Jill Gardner. I will willingly admit I’ve never murdered anyone, but I’ve sure thought about it,” said the North Carolina-based soprano who portrays the title character. “So all of that is not so far-fetched for me to process. I love the text, and I love really being able to dramatically deliver lines in a way that fleshes it out. In that propensity, this is a character that is very much a part of my own soul.” —Jill Gardner, Soprano Read more from the Modesto Bee: http://www.modbee.com/entertainment/article19267173.html#storylink=cpy
Jill Gardner, live in concert! March 20th, 2015 as part of the Music Academy of North Carolina’s 6th Annual Vocal Festival. Ms. Gardner will present a concert for the entire community. Don’t miss this evening of great music performed by critically-acclaimed singer, Jill Gardner!
Opera Carolina’s A Holiday Evening with Jill Gardner & Hyung Yun, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6pm.
The Winston-Salem Journal’s Relish article preview to Jill’s performance in Piedmont Opera’s Madame Butterfly. Jill shares her thoughts concerning the role, her career, and family life. Read the complete interview here.
Jill Gardner, star of the Toledo Opera’s upcoming “Tosca” production, sang the aria from Act II at the guild luncheon Wednesday at Inverness Club, with Kevin Bylsma accompanying on piano. Visit the Toledo Opera Guild’s Facebook page to view a video. Click here to read the full article on the guild’s blog, Cast of Characters.
For its third season of outdoor, summertime opera, Mill City Summer Opera has chosen to stage “TOSCA,” the Puccini tearjerker, with Jill Gardner in the title role. Artistic director David Lefkowichwill direct a staging set in the 1940s, and Brian DeMaris will be the show’s music director. Other cast members include Jake Gardner (Scarpia) and Dinyar Vania (Cavaradossi). As usual, Mill City will stage the opera outdoors in the Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard. The past two seasons (“Pagliacci” and “The Barber of Seville”) have mostly sold out, so this is a hot ticket. Click here to read the full article and to reserve your seat!
“Continuing our coverage of Opera Carolina’s Il Trittico which will open on January 18 in Charlotte, NC, we have the pleasure of presenting to our readers Opera Lively’s second exclusive interview with one of the most intelligent and cultured singers we’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, Ms. Jill Gardner…” Read the full interview here by Luiz Gazzola of Opera Lively.
Join Opera Carolina in celebrating The Architects of LOVE with Puccini’s Il Trittico in January, 2014. Click here for tickets, performance dates and more.