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.
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.
Star soprano Jill Gardner sings “God Bless America” for 39,000 people at the Minnesota Twins/NY Yankees game on July 4th at Target Field. Video by Michael Yeshion Photography. Mill City Summer Opera has never been prouder! Click here to watch the video of Jill’s stunning performance. Another fun photo from July 4th with the mascot of the Minnesota Twins and Mill City Summer Opera’s Artistic Director, David Lefkowich.
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” is a free concert offered by HOT and will be held August 20 & 21, 2014, starting at 7pm in the Hawaii Opera Theatre Rehearsal Hall, located at 780 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Soprano Jill Gardner and husband, Bass Baritone Jake Gardner are here in Hawaii to work with members of the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, a program offered through HOT’s Education & Outreach. Select singers from the Orvis Opera Studio have been chosen to participate. The singers receive coaching and will take part in the concerts featuring performances by the Gardners. Seating is limited. Please call 808-596-7372 to RSVP. Read the full article here.
John Birge of Minnesota Public Radio interviews Soprano Jill Gardner and tenor Adam Diegel at a Mill City Summer Opera rehearsal of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’. Listen to a sneak preview of a gorgeous love duet between Jill and Adam here. Photo by Michael Yeshion Photography
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.
In addition to the symphony — conducted by music director José-Luis Novo — the evening’s program at the Forum will include performances by (and collaborations with) soprano Jill Gardner, the Madrigal Choir, the Basically Bach Ensemble and the Binghamton High School Steel Drum Band… For Jill Gardner, Saturday’s concert will be a homecoming of sorts. She and her husband, Jake, lived in Binghamton for 10 years, both performing with Tri-Cities Opera, the philharmonic and other groups around the region, as well as teaching singers through their own studio. Even though they moved back to her native North Carolina a couple of years ago, they still miss the Parlor City (if not…