About Jenny

Soprano Jenny Ribeiro has been called a "Swiss army knife of musicians" for her versatile and varied career. Growing up in a musical household, Jenny learned to read music at the same time she learned to read words and was trained as a classical pianist and clarinetist as well as a singer. After spending a few seasons as a professional musical theater actress in the Pacific Northwest, she moved to New York City with the clichéd suitcase and a dream, but after being hired as a chorister in Golijov’s Ainadamar in its Carnegie Hall debut, she fell back in love with classical music and ultimately switched her focus to opera.

Jenny has been featured in performances with Bard Summerscape Theater, Dicapo Opera, Opera Noire of New York, Amore Opera, Regina Opera, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, The Collegiate Chorale, New York Virtuoso Singers, Hudson Chorale, Altoona Symphony Orchestra and elsewhere. Early on, she performed many of the leading lyric coloratura/soubrette roles (Pamina, Susanna, Serpina, etc.) while also journeying into larger repertoire with Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffman), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Elvira (The Song of Norway - Carnegie Hall solo debut), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and Martha (God Bless Everyone - premier by Thomas Pasatieri). Jenny’s repertoire now includes large lyric and spinto soprano roles, including Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimì (La bohème), Michaela (Carmen), and Elsa (Lohengrin). A frequent recitalist and interpreter of new music, Jenny has premiered works for many composers through Vox Novus and others. She also recorded Matt Frey's chamber opera One-Eleven Heavy released by Navona Records. Jenny’s oratorio performances include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem with Reformed Church in Bronxville, Westchester Choral Society, New Jersey Oratorio Society, Danbury Concert Chorus and many others.

A steadily working solo/ensemble singer in NYC for many years, Jenny returned to school to navigate her fach change and to pursue a focus on solo singing in 2020, studying with mentor Marc Embree at Michigan State University. She will graduate in 2022 with her MM in Voice Performance.

In the 2021/2022 season, we find Jenny finishing up her Masters’ degree at Michigan State University, where she will be performing the roles of Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge), Mother (L’enfant et les Sortileges) and Lady Billows (Albert Herring). Jenny will also be covering the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and is touring local schools with MSU Vocal Outreach as a part of her Graduate Assistantship.

 

Jenny has also worked as an educator, producer, rehearsal pianist and conductor in venues throughout the United States. Her most recent project, Haslett House Productions, was started as a house concert venue with the goal to bring intimate performances of new and traditional chamber music, opera and musical theater to local audiences.  

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