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Jake and Jill—Floria Tosca hates Baron Scarpia

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

To play Tosca, soprano Jill Gardner had to learn how to hate her husband. “Jill Gardner has flown in from her native North Carolina to perform the titular lead in this weekend’s production of Tosca by Opera Coeur d’Alene. Over the span of 12 productions and somewhere north of 50 performances across the country, it has become her signature role. But it’s only the fifth production in which the soprano has performed opposite her real-life husband, Jake. And he’s not playing Cavaradossi. “I often say that, during that rehearsal process, we work a lot of shit out,” she says, chuckling…” Continue this article by E.J. Iannelli on the Inlander website…

Opera Coeur d’Alene presents Puccini’s Tosca

Posted by Julie in News, Opera Coeur d’Alene

Get your tickets now for Opera Coeur d’Alene’s production of TOSCA, Puccini’s moving and memorable opera. The dramatic force of Tosca and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas. Featured Cast: Tosca: Jill Gardner https://jillbowengardner.com/ Scarpia: Jake Gardner http://bassbaritonejakegardner.com/ Cavaradossi: Roger Honeywell https://imgartists.com/roster/roger-honeywell/ Sacristan: Valerian Ruminski https://www.valerianruminskibass.com/ For tickets, visit Opera CDA’s website…

Globetrotting Singers at Home in the Triad

Posted by Julie in Interview, News, Piedmont Opera

Music fills their days. They rise up singing, and Jake and Jill Gardner, two of the stars in Piedmont Opera’s “Tosca” that opens Friday, spend most of their time making beautiful music, playing beautiful music or thinking about beautiful music. Jill, who has a bachelor’s degree in piano performance, often accompanies them when they are practicing for performances. Jake warms up his bass-baritone voice on songs like “The Rose of Tralee,” a 19th-century Irish ballad. Jill slides with apparent ease into a passage from “Tosca.” Read the full article by Lynn Felder of the Winston-Salem Journal here…

Two of a Kind—Jill and Jake Gardner

Posted by Julie in News, Piedmont Opera

The opera powerhouse couple, Jill and Jake Gardner, who live in Kernersville, have performed the opera together all over the country. They will reprise their starring roles in an upcoming performance of TOSCA with Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Opera. “…Jill and Jake Gardner have graced the stages of opera houses throughout the world, including previous performances of “Tosca.” In a fortunate twist of fate, the husband and wife reside in Kernersville, just a stone’s throw from where they will reprise their roles as Tosca and Scarpia. “The Piedmont Opera is my home,” says Jill, adding that the first opera she ever saw was “Carmen” at Reynolds Auditorium. “Working here is the greatest delight, because we…

Fresno Grand Opera’s Powerful Production of ‘Tosca’ a Success

Posted by Julie in Fresno Grand Opera, News

“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…

Jill Gardner brings special insight to Floria Tosca

Posted by Julie in Fresno Grand Opera, Interview, News

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…

Grand Production of TOSCA closes Townsend Opera Season

Posted by Julie in News, Townsend Opera

“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  

‘Vissi d’arte’: Gardner Treats Opera Guild to ‘Tosca’ Aria at Luncheon

Posted by Julie in News, Toledo Opera, Toledo Opera Guild

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.