“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…
Piedmont Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony present an evening celebrating the music of Giuseppe Verdi, hosted by James Allbritten. Jill Gardner and Robert Overman are among the many artists who will perform. VIVA VERDI an evening with Piedmont Opera and the Carolina Chamber Symphony Saturday, August 22 at 7:30pm Calvary Moravian Church 600 Holly Ave, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101 For tickets and venue details, please visit the Carolina Chamber Symphony website http://carolinachambersymphony.org
Don’t miss this streaming radio event! Relive Chautauqua Opera’s dazzling production of Macbeth—August 22nd at 1pm on WNED 94.5’s Saturday Opera radio broadcast. Find it on WNED’s website on the day of the broadcast. Tune in here! http://www.wned.org/radio
“Jill Gardner, in her Chautauqua debut, gave a strong performance…Her acting was generous and her entry from the rear of the auditorium during her sleepwalking scene — holding a lamp — was an apt means of heightening what little pity we can feel for this ruthless figure.” An excerpt from a review appearing in The Chautauquan Daily, written by Arthur Kaptainis. Read the full review here… Photography by Joshua Boucher.
“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 Fresno Bee’s Donald Munroe caught up with Gardner for an email interview while she was rehearsing in Modesto, where Tosca is finishing up its run today (Sunday, May 3) at the Gallo Center before heading to Fresno. “For me, Floria Tosca is not a bitchy, controlling diva,” says the North Carolina resident. “She is a beautiful, warm, talented and loving woman who will not back down when faced with injustice, evil ulterior motives and hate. She will always fight for what she believes in.” Read more here…
“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
“What too many of today’s singers seemingly fail to grasp is that, in service to the Art of Song, neither a beautiful voice nor an inquisitive spirit on its own can sustain a recital. The voice and the curiosity must work in tandem to discover new ways of guiding audiences along the scenic highways of musical adventure. This was evident in every moment of the expertly-accompanied, faultlessly-sung, and inventively-interpreted performances in this recital. How, then, might one define an important artist? Simply cite Jill Gardner as a model.” —Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts Read the full review here. Highlights from Jill’s Performance Photography by Jacqui van Lier of JVL Studios. Many thanks Jacqui!
Host Frank Stasio talks to Jill Gardner about her music and career, and she’ll perform live accompanied by Christy Wisuthseriwong on keyboard. (WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio). Hear the full interview at WUNC.org