American soprano Jenny Ribeiro uses her “bright instrument and engaging personality” (Voce di meche) to delight audiences throughout the world. Trained as a classical pianist and clarinetist as well as a singer, she spent several seasons in musical theater before switching her focus to opera.
This season, 2023/24, Jenny makes several role and house debuts, including Nina in Thomas Pasatieri's The Seagull with Toronto's Opera by Request and covering Mother in Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves at Detroit Opera. She also continues her association with Berlin Wagner Group in their Boston concert "Wagner's Women: Archetypes and Inspirations". Other concert work includes recitals with the Lansing New Music Forum and at Grace United Methodist Church in Lansing.
Jenny has performed 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 Valley Singers, and Altoona Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has sung the roles of Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Elvira (The Song of Norway, her Carnegie Hall solo debut) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi). Jenny’s opera repertoire also includes Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimi (La Boheme), Michaela (Carmen), and Elsa (Lohengrin). An enthusiastic interpreter of new music, Jenny appeared as Martha in the premier of God Bless Everyone by Thomas Pasatieri and recorded Matt Frey’s chamber opera One-Eleven Heavy, released by Navona Records.
On the concert stage, Jenny has been a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, the Verdi Requiem, and the Mozart Requiem with Reformed Church in Bronxville, Westchester Choral Society, New Jersey Oratorio Society, and Danbury Concert Chorus.
In the 2022/2023 Season, Jenny toured the U.S. with her recital “From the Hearts of Women.” She also sang the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Elkhart County Symphony, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio with Hudson Chorale, Handel’s Messiah with Grace United Methodist Church in Lansing, MI and Brahm's Requiem with the Westchester Choral Society. Other performances included concerts with Bremerton West Sound Symphony, premiers with University of Michigan’s Concert Band and a cabaret concert at Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Laboratory as part of their yearly concert series.
In 2022, Jenny received her Master’s in Voice at Michigan State University, where she performed Geraldine/The Mother (A Hand of Bridge/L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Lady Billows (Albert Herring), and toured with MSU’s Vocal Outreach. She also debuted three Wagnerian roles (Ortlinde, Wellgunde and Waldvogel) at once for Berlin Wagner Group’s “Wagner’s Ring in One Evening.” Jenny received The Emerging Artist Prize in the 2023 Opera MODO Detroit Artist Competition, Second Prize in the 2022 Birmingham International Music Competition, Third Prize in the 2022 Medici International Music Competition and was a semi-finalist at the 2022 Corsica Lirica International Opera Competition in Corsica, France.
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