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For GSO Opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’ a tragic story of love and heartbreak

Posted by Julie in Greensboro Opera, News

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…

Review: Virginia Opera‘s Street Scene—A Triumph

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“But Street Scene rests on the performance of four big voices. Number one is Mrs. Maurrant. Virginia Opera is blessed by the return of Jill Gardner to essay this very difficult role. She won the day last season as Minnie in The Girl of the Golden West. This time she has a more difficult challenge: to make an adulterous wife sympathetic. And she does. “Somehow I Never Could Believe” is a bear of an aria, but Ms. Gardner creates such a strong bond with her audience that it allows her to lead them along to wherever she chooses. She alone is a reason to see this production.” Read the complete review…

News Flash: La Fanciulla del West with MDLO this Saturday!

Posted by Julie in Maryland Lyric Opera, News

JUST ANNOUNCED: On Saturday, September 15, 2018, Jill Gardner will sing the role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera.  “Very excited to be traveling north from Hurricane Florence to jump in and sing Minnie for Maryland Lyric Opera’s Saturday night performance of Puccini’s fabulous opera “La Fanciulla del West” at 7:30pm. If you can make it, I would love to sing for YOU! Stay safe everyone in the days ahead!” —Jill Gardner Tickets available on the MDLO website.

Review: Greensboro Opera and EMF ‘What I Did for Love’

Posted by Julie in Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, News, Review

“A sellout crowd filled two dozen round tables tastefully arranged around a platform in the middle of Temple Emanuel for a recital of arias and ensembles drawn from the world of operas and musicals. David Holley, the general and artistic director of the Greensboro Opera and master of many trades, not only introduced the evening but produced the show and even sang the tenor part in three of the ensemble numbers. Familiar opera stars—soprano Jill Gardner, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Foley Davis and baritone Kyle Guglielmo—joined Holley in presenting some of opera lovers’ favorite pieces, all accompanied by the excellent pianist, Ben Blozan, a faculty member at High Point University and the pianist…

Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Tampa, Review

Mark Rucker and Jill Gardner play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Opera Tampa’s Macbeth, at the Straz Center on April 13 and 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. “The make-or-break factor in this show are the two leads, Mark Rucker and Jill Gardner, who fortunately fall squarely onto the “make” side of the ledger. Baritone Rucker has enjoyed a long career. His vibrato might not be quite as taut as it was 20 years ago, but it’s very close. To that richness and power he adds a fullness to the character not often seen in opera. Gardner has created a Lady Macbeth who exudes strength and commitment, then vulnerability…

Review: Lyric Vocals Wow in HOT’s ‘Daughter’

Posted by Julie in Hawaii Opera Theatre, News, Team Gardner

“Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment” is a lighthearted entertainment featuring spectacular vocal displays held together by a slender plot. …The most striking was a nonsinging role — quite unusual for opera — by Jill Gardner as the Duchess of Crackentorp, with her flamboyantly feathered headdress and operatic shrieks. At one point, the Duchess launches into singing one of Jill Gardner’s acclaimed roles (“Tosca”) and Hortensius has to correct her, “Wrong opera!” Read the complete review by Ruth Bingham on the Star-Advertiser website…

Review: “The Girl of the Golden West” at Virginia Opera

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“Jill Gardner as Minnie gets what is surely one of the greatest entrances for any soprano, firing a shot to settle down the quarreling miners in her saloon. The next thing we know, she’s reading to them from the Bible—a lesson about forgiveness that will prove prophetic. Just in her first scene alone, we’re given examples of Minnie’s strength, intelligence, self-sufficiency, shyness, and compassion. Gardner invested this endearing character with great fierceness and great tenderness by turns, and sang with clarity and sweetness of tone.” Read Gina Dalfonzo’s review in it’s entirety on the DC Metro Theater Arts website… Photo Credit: Ben Schill Photography (http://www.schillphotography.com) SaveSave

Review: Faith, Hope, and Jealousy in the Wild West

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West Review by Tim Smith “THE EMOTIONS FUELING THE PLOT of La Fanciulla del West—unfulfilled sensual needs, homesickness, sense of duty and community, those old favorites of faith, hope and jealousy—were all given serious, sincere attention in a Virginia Opera production that reaffirmed, as admirers of Puccini’s brilliant work have long maintained, it deserves much more prominence in the canon. Aided at every moment by Adam Greene’s refined lighting, there was no shortage of good old-fashioned atmosphere from the scenery (John Conklin) and costumes (Constance Hoffman), originally designed for the Glimmerglass Festival. The director of that earlier production, Lillian Groag, brought her incisive touch to this staging as…

Review: “Girls” brings Wild West to Virginia

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Virginia Opera

“Soprano Jill Gardner was a brilliant Minnie. Her voice is a powerful instrument that, combined with her natural ability to act brought the pistol-packing, Bible reading, never-been-kissed character with a heart as good as gold to vivid life. Her’s is one of the strongest, most solid soprano sounds to grace the VOA roster. One can only imagine the dramatic heights of her acclaimed Tosca.” Read John Sheldon’s full review in The Virginia Gazette…

Review: Virginia Opera’s “The Girl of the Golden West”

Posted by Julie in News, Review, Team Gardner, Virginia Opera

“Around the middle of Act I, Jill Gardner’s Minnie, the pistol-packing saloon owner, makes her entrance, completely shutting down an all too classic bar fight. The choreography by Erik Gaden makes every punch visceral. Gardner wins the audience’s heart early, and keeps it the whole show. Her singing touches every emotion, and she hits notes on both sides of the scale. Her acting, however, is what really makes the show. Gardner truly becomes Minnie. The audience feels her loneliness, her vulnerability, and most of all, her heart. We get to know her as a mother figure to the miners, as their (literal) teacher, and their protector.” Read Matthew Sporn’s review in…