Jill Gardner

Recognized as a “lyrico spinto, Puccini girl through and through,” Ms. Gardner has sung over 50 performances of her signature role of Tosca in recent seasons with such notable American companies as Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Hawai’i Opera Theater, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Piedmont Opera and in a new production with Mill City Summer Opera. Opera News calls Ms. Gardner’s interpretation of Tosca “fresh and focused” and states “in Gardner’s hands, her Act II aria, ‘Vissi d’arte’, was not merely a famous showstopper but an opportunity to reveal layers of Tosca’s character…” In the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Gardner makes anticipated company debuts with Virginia Opera as Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and with Opera Tampa as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth. For the 2018–2019 season, performances for Ms. Gardner included a return to Virginia Opera in her role debut as Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, her debut with Greensboro Opera in the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and a return to the concert stage in Wagner’s Ring Cycle in One Night with the Binghamton Philharmonic.  An alumna of the Young Artist Programs of Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Tri-Cities Opera, Ms. Gardner created the role of Madame Loiseau in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good, which was recorded live in the Alice Busch Opera House of the Glimmerglass Festival for the Naxos Label. She has been a Southeast Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana.  Ms. Gardner currently resides in Kernersville, NC with her husband, bass-baritone Jake Gardner.