Soprano Jillian Boye is rapidly gaining recognition as a bright upcoming young singer. Her portrayal of Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera San Jose was thus acclaimed: ‟The quintessential performance in this production -- which owes equal debts to the Marx Brothers and Carol Burnett's old television show -- is given by soprano Jillian Boye, as Adele, the chambermaid who is dying to be an actress and socialite. Imagine Burnett as an operatic soprano. That's Boye, displaying a broad penetrating voice with a giddy updraft into her high register. She's passionate, zany -- a natural comic." (Mercury News, 2012).
The reviews are in!
The vivacious Ms. Boye is a sheer delight and just about steals the show, displaying impeccable comic timing and a crystalline voice. Her high notes are clear and open, and she performs the demanding coloratura phrasings of “My lord marquis” (“The Laughing Song”) with confidence and considerable panache. Brava!
Stark Insider, 2012
I’ve seen (and heard) Jillian Boye in many smaller roles, and have always loved her voice, a brilliant lyric instrument, light in flexibility but surprisingly powerful. It’s wonderful to see her getting heftier roles, including last season’s Musetta and, in Fledermaus, the fantastically entertaining soubrette Adele. Her evening began with the chambermaid’s cadenzas of joy at the receipt of a party invitation, and continued into two of the opera’s most entertaining pieces, the Act 2 ‘laughing song’ (“Mein Herr Marquis”) and the Act 3 tribute to bad acting, “Spiel’ ich die Unschuld vom Lande,” both delivered with great aplomb. Boye displayed a perfect comic sense, a seamless stage presence and a fake sob (à la Carol Burnett) that never failed to bring gales of laughter.
Soprano Jillian Boye stands out for her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence as Frasquita.
The Modesto Bee, 2012
Imaginative staging also lifted Musetta's famous aria quite literally off the ground, giving her a raised center-of-attention platform that perfectly fitted her exhibitionistic character and flamboyant singing style. Jillian Boye made the most of both, with her pert flirtatiousness and voluptuously seductive voice.
Livermore Independent, 2011