“There is no way to sing and act the role of Cio-Cio San any better than Jill Gardner did. She was able to accurately portray with voice and body movements both the juvenile enthusiasm of the young gueisha, and the bitter sorrow of the betrayed wife, as well as the heartbroken mother. And the singing! Perfect pitch control, precise notes never missing one, beautiful phrasing, powerful projection when needed together with the most delicate low volume lines (knowing how powerful this true spinto soprano’s voice is, listening to her holding it all back and lowering the volume is quite striking), secure vibratto, crystalline and pure high notes, she had it all.”

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