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Jill Gardner

  • Soprano

Reviews

Jill Gardner press reviews

TURANDOT -- Piedmont Opera
"But my heart was stolen (and broken) in the third act by Jill Gardner, soprano, singing the role of the slave girl, Liù, whose moving "Tu, che di gel sei cinta" ("You, who are gird by ice", referring to the icy cruelty of Turandot) was the emotional highlight of the entire evening."
Peter Perret, Classical Voice of North Carolina


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The Washington Chorus -- The Essential Puccini Concert
"...It was left to Jill Gardner's lustrous, beautifully poised soprano...to remind us that -- all guilty pleasures aside -- Puccini can be more than the sum of his decibels."
Joe Banno, The Washington Post


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FAUST – Madison Opera
"Among the leads, soprano Jill Gardner portrayed Marguerite with lustrous tone and sympathetic characterization."
John Barker, Madison Daily Page

"As the young innocent, Jill Gardner is blessed with a golden soprano as smooth as butter. Her rendition of the famous jewel song, 'Ah! je ris,' is lovely, as is her poignant, heart-wrenching 'Attends! Voici la rue ou tu m'as vue,' when she reminisces in her cell about when Faust first approached her."
Lindsay Christians, 77 Square

“Jill Gardner sang a passionate, lyrically satisfying Marguerite and was entirely convincing dramatically in what can be a very tricky role. One might desire a more precisely calibrated trill in the jewel song, though that seems a minor quibble given the gleaming purity of tone with which the soprano crowned the final trio.”
Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News


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TOSCA – Mercury Opera Rochester
"As the doomed heroine Floria Tosca, Jill Gardner lit up the somber plot with a lustrous soprano and riveting stage presence. This role demands a tremendous emotional range, from love-struck singer to avenging angel who defies the dreaded police chief, Scarpia.
Gardner was utterly convincing Friday as the clingy, jealous lover of artist Mario Cavaradossi. The variety of embraces they tried throughout the show should be a model for younger viewers. And when it came time for Tosca to confront Scarpia, Gardner turned in a mad scene worthy of Maria Callas."
Stuart Low, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"Gardner, in her first Tosca, delivered a nuanced and virtuosic performance; it's a role that seems to fit her personality as a strong, commanding woman."
Anna Reguero, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


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THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Piedmont Opera
"Gardner, as Johnson, is up to each of the many challenges facing her. She sings beautifully, narrates some of the story in a way that doesn't feel jarring, and, in her acting, convincingly illuminates her character's growth from an overbearing protector to a liberated, independent thinker."
Ken Keuffel, Winston-Salem Journal


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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Hawaii Opera Theater
"Gardner and her darkish voice had the humor and sarcasm required of the Countess."
Valeria Wenderoth, Honolulu Star Bulletin


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LA BOHÈME -- Florida Grand Opera
"Soprano Jill Gardner sang the role of Musetta, a glamorous and coquettish figure. Gardner has a sparkling personality and a lovely voice which carried the Cafe Momus scene to a high level... giving extra verve to this often produced, much loved opera scene."
Rex Alan Hearn, Coral Gables Gazette

"Soprano Jill Gardner was a delicious Musetta, with just the right touch of apparent frivolity, but capable of deep feelings for the pain of others, which she showed in the last act. She earned well-deserved applause."
Ariel Remos, Diario las Americas

 

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DON GIOVANNI – Mercury Opera Rochester
"Jill Gardner brought a lustrous soprano and impressive acting chops to the part of Donna Anna."
Stuart Low, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

 

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Offenbach’s ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD – Glimmerglass Opera
“The focal characters were…played with zesty authority…Eurydice [was] just as forthright and brassy in Jill Gardner’s hands.”
John W. Freeman, Opera News

“Jill Gardner cavorts as Eurydice with a smile and a wink.”
Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, Syracuse Post-Standard

“…powerhouse soprano Jill Gardner…”
James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times

“Jill Gardner sings her way through Eurydice with aplomb.”
James Karas, Greek Press


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THE MERRY WIDOW – Syracuse Opera
"Jill Gardner's Hanna, the title character, stood head and shoulders above all the rest. She is a powerhouse yet often touching soprano, who moves as if she is floating and acts with more nuance than most opera singers."
Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, Syracuse Post-Standard

 

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Hartke’s BOULE DE SUIF, OR THE GREATER GOOD – Glimmerglass Opera
“Jill Gardner (Mme. Loiseau), given an arioso…and much ensemble singing, acquitted [herself] with distinction."
David Shengold, Gay City News

“There are some exceptionally colorful set pieces, including Madame Loiseau’s rangy, indignant aria about Boule (“Isn’t it her job to be a whore?”), impressively delivered by soprano Jill Gardner in a leaping, swooping frenzy of righteousness.”
Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News


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LA BOHÈME -- Piedmont Opera
"The same can be said for Jill Gardner, singing the lead role of Mimi. Her voice, and especially her acting, soon settled into a complete package which touched the emotions of the packed house."
Jeffrey Rossman, Classical Voice of North Carolina

"Jill Gardner ... is making a wonderful local debut as Mimi. Her rich and expressive soprano rings out with heft, glory and subtlety. It perfectly complements the tenor ... who plays Rodolfo. Their voices soar splendidly in duet or touch us deeply on their own."
Ken Keuffel, Winston-Salem Journal

 

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Tri-Cities Opera
“[Gardner], perhaps the most promising of the current TCO residents, sang one of the most grueling roles in opera, dominating the second act with gorgeous arias, particularly the well-known “Un Bel Di”. She was never less than smooth and confident, and the scene in which she realizes Pinkerton will never return to her is heartbreaking.”
Gene Gray, Press & Sun Bulletin


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LA TRAVIATA – Tri-Cities Opera
"[Gardner's] full sound, with a particularly rich bloom in the middle register, was well suited to the later acts (of La Traviata) ... Her commitment and passion, her thorough involvement in Violetta's predicament, and her ability to convey vocally the slightest nuance of emotion made for gripping theatre."
William D. West, Opera News

“[Gardner] as Violetta is a superb singer with a fine acting range, singing with a supple and flowing voice…Even in its highest register, her voice produces nothing less than beautiful sounds. Soaring as her arias are, they are always in character and earthbound.”
Gene Gray, Press & Sun Bulletin

"Jill Bowen [Gardner], playing the role of Violetta, easily held stage for the duration of the opera. Unfailingly accurate in pitch, her voice has meat on its bones but was light enough to soar to the heavens. There was a naturalness to her actions that made for real theater."
Mark G. Simon, Ithaca Times


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LE NOZZE DI FIGARO – Tri-Cities Opera
"The truly remarkable performances came from Jill Bowen [Gardner] as the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) ... [Her] effortlessly produced, rich voice filled the auditorium, making 'Dove sono' breathtakingly poignant and, in the letter duet, blending perfectly with [Susanna]."
William D. West, Opera News