As acclaimed singers and a creative team prepare for Greensboro Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” they grapple with heartache onstage and off. Through staging and song, they will tell the tragic story of a young Japanese woman’s love for an American naval officer, and the anguish that results. David Holley, general and artistic director of the nonprofit opera company, has brought in a stellar, professional cast. Sopranos Jill Gardner and Katie Horn-Pershall. Baritones David Pershall and Ryan Hill. Tenors Cody Austin and Jacob Ryan Wright. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Foley Davis. Bass baritone Donald Hartmann. An 18-member chorus. “I cannot wait to present this wonderful, glorious opera to the Greensboro public,” Holley…
Madama Butterfly Tag
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.
WSKG’s Bill Snyder interviewed Jake and Jill Gardner about Tri-Cities Opera’s upcoming performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Forum in Binghamton. Listen to the interview here. Internationally acclaimed stars and local favorites Jake & Jill Gardner return to the Forum stage for Puccini’s masterpiece Madame Butterfly on October 21st & 23rd, 2011. Jake Gardner, baritone, will sing the role of “Sharpless” and will make a his directorial debut with Tri-Cities Opera as Stage Director for the production. Jill Gardner, soprano, will reprise her stunning portrayal of the title heroine in Madame Butterfly on the Forum stage.