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…
December 14, 2013 at 8pm—CHRISTMAS POPS with Binghamton Philharmonic. Featuring: Jill Gardner, The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Basically Bach Choir and many others! Buy Tickets Here!
November 1 & 3, 2013—Puccini’s great masterpiece of love, lust, and revenge is one of the most dramatically compelling in the entire operatic repertoire. The opera diva Floria Tosca is in love with the painter Mario Cavaradossi, but the evil Baron Scarpia, the Roman Chief of Police, desires her as well. His nefarious plot to have her involves political intrigue, sadistic brutality and horrific torture. Tosca’s dream of love is shattered by Scarpia’s duplicity, and in one of the most famous endings in opera, she leaps to her tragic death. The production will star rising American superstar Jill Gardner in the title role, celebrated Puccini specialist Dinyar Vania as Cavaradossi, and…
September 28, 2013, 8pm—A special night of operatic favorites, accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Maestro Joel Revzen, Artistic Director of Arizona Opera and the Lake Tahoe SummerFest, in historic Aycock Auditorium. Patrons will be treated to an evening featuring Jill Bowen Gardner, other alumni and the finest singers from the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The performance is preceded by a wine tasting from North Carolina vineyards from 6–7:45pm. Patrons can purchase wine by the glass or take home a bottle from their favorite vineyard. More details here.
The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric will offer a complimentary preview of the gala 2013–14 opera season on Sunday September 22nd at 6:30pm. This FREE concert is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis and is our ‘thank you’ to our supporters for helping continue the success of grand opera in our community. Get the details here.
A gallery of highlights from Art to Poetry to Music at Knight Theater, Charlotte, NC. Read the full article here.