Brian Jeffers

Tenor

Brian Jeffers is a Phoenix-based emerging artist specializing in Opera and Musical Theatre.  Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There he studied with noted scholar and soprano Dr. Jamie Reimer and performed his first opera roles including Mayor Upfold (Albert Herring), Governor (Candide), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), among others. 

Brian is currently finishing his Master of Music in Music Theatre-Opera in Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' Lyric Opera Theatre at Arizona State University.  There he studies with internationally acclaimed baritone Gordon Hawkins and has performed in many productions most notably acclaimed performances of Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) and a premiere adaptation of Haydn's The Creation.  Brian has also been a part of several world premieres, oratorios and is an active freelance musician in the Valley area.

Afternoon of Song
Jun
27
4:15 PM16:15

Afternoon of Song

Enjoy the sunny ambiance of the Athenaeum Parlor and a view of the lake as you are serenaded with a variety of art songs ranging from the very old to the very new.

The first Afternoon of Song of the 2019 series will include a world premiere piece by Composer-in-Residence, Gilda Lyons, sung by Studio Artist, Brian Jeffers.

Featuring:

Allison Voth, pianist

Lindsey Chinn, soprano

Antona Yost, mezzo

Brian Jeffers, tenor

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¡Figaro! (90210)
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

¡Figaro! (90210)

Music by W.A. Mozart; Libretto by Vid Guerrerio, based on The Marriage of Figaro by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in English and Spanish

   
Sunday, June 30, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Sunday July 14, 2019 • 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.

Eric Einhorn • Stage Director
Jorge Parodi
 • Music Director

Chautauqua Opera’s 90th season opens with “Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Set in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. Hailed by Opera News as “dynamic, thought-provoking, respectful, and, yes, hilarious,” Guerrerio’s English and Spanish libretto infuses Mozart’s masterpiece with humor, heart, and present-day discussions of race, class, and American identity.”

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Jul
5
4:00 PM16:00

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Music by Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian

Friday, July 5, 2019 • 4 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Smith Belcher · Stage Director 
Daniel Belcher · Figaro
Aleks Romano · Rosina

“Young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.”

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Beaumarchais Figaro Trilogy
Jul
25
to Jul 27

Beaumarchais Figaro Trilogy

Come check out this rare event! See all three Beaumarchais operas back to back to back!!

Thursday, July 25, 2019 • 7:30 p.m (Il Barbiere di Siviglia • Norton Hall)

Friday, July 26th, 2019 • 4:00 p.m. (Figaro! 90210 • Norton Hall)

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 • 8:15 p.m. (The Ghosts of Versailles • Chautauqua Ampitheater)

“For the first time, audiences will be able to experience this unique “trilogy” of operas over three consecutive nights during the Trilogy Weekend happening July 25–27, 2019. Based on the three “Figaro Plays” by 18th century French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, the three operas trace the lives of characters including Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina, and their friends and foes through many years of adventures and mishaps together.”

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The Ghosts of Versailles
Jul
27
8:15 PM20:15

The Ghosts of Versailles

Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman
Sung in English

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 8:15 p.m.  

Peter Kazaras • Stage Director
Caitlin Lynch
 • Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher
 • Beaumarchais
Aleks Romano • Samira

“Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen’s untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, but when Figaro refuses to stick to the script, Beaumarchais must enter his own story. Alternately hilarious and heart breaking, this grand opera buffa is one of America’s operatic masterpieces.”

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Opera To Go: Pinocchio
Feb
25
to Mar 29

Opera To Go: Pinocchio

An operatic version of the children’s literary classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Offenbach, and G.B. Pergolesi. John Davies’ Opera Tales setting will be toured by Opera Saratoga’s Opera To Go education tour.

“Stepping into a new and unknown world, Pinocchio is deceived by Wolf and Cat and persuaded to disobey his father by skipping school in order to meet Dr. Dulcamara, a loathsome puppeteer. Realizing the puppet’s value, Dulcamara holds Pinocchio captive, intending to have him perform with his miraculous mechanical doll, Olympia.”

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Carmen
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Carmen

  • Axelrod Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

     New York Opera Collaborative's modern production of Carmen will be presented at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, New Jersey. Produced by Andrew Deprisco, directed by Andrea DelGiudice, conducted by Maestro Jason Tramm, and choreographed by Gabreil Chajnik.

Showtimes:

September 15th, 2018; 8:00pm

September 16th, 2018; 3:00pm

Cast:

Carmen: Augusta Caso

Don Jose: Victor Starsky

Frasquita: Samarie Alicia Feulien

Mercedes: Maya Hoover

Escamillo: Gustavo Feulien

Morales/Dancairo: Brandon Coleman

Zuniga: Brace Negron

Remendado: Brian Jeffers

 

 

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What A Movie!: Bernstein's Trouble In Tahiti
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

What A Movie!: Bernstein's Trouble In Tahiti

"Aspen Opera Center singers serve up the jazzy tunes of Bernstein’s one-act opera about 1950s domestic turmoil. Paired with Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life. Concert performance."

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Come see Chaplin's A DOG'S LIFE with Timothy Brock's score restoration and celebrate Bernstein's Centennial with TROUBLE IN TAHITI with new orchestrations by Garth Edwin Sunderland all conducted by Maestro Scott Terrell!!

Tickets at http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/what-a-movie-bernsteins-trouble-in-tahiti/

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La Favorita
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

La Favorita

"A love triangle involving the King of Castile, Alfonso XI, his mistress ('the favourite') Leonora, and her lover Fernando, the story unfolds against the background of the Moorish invasions of Spain and power struggles between church and state."

Come see New Amsterdam Opera's concert production of Donizetti's great drama!  Performed with full orchestra and chorus and under the baton of New Amsterdam Opera's founder and Artistic Director, Keith Chambers.

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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Upper Midwest Regionals
Mar
25
12:00 PM12:00

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Upper Midwest Regionals

  • Bethel University: Benson Great Hall (map)
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Winners from the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota-Manitoba Districts will perform and compete for a chance to advance to the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finals in New York City.

Judges will be: Ed Berkely (The Juilliard School, Aspen Opera Center), Mark Morash (San Francisco Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Merola Opera Program), and Galetha Nichols (Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions)

Singers will perform with collaborative pianist: Mary Jo Gothmann

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Handel's Messiah
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Handel's Messiah

Come hear performers from Bronx Opera Company's current and former seasons come together to sing Handel's classic Messiah.  The concert will include full orchestra by The Orchestra of the Bronx, conducted by Michael Spierman.

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Patchwork Project Presents: "Our America" A Recital of American Art Song
Apr
23
2:00 PM14:00

Patchwork Project Presents: "Our America" A Recital of American Art Song

"We are creating this show in response to the overwhelming divide that has been present in our country over the past few months. We, as artists and leaders, feel the need to make works of art that are relevant, that get people thinking, that bring people together. We are crafting a program that does just that, through the transformative power of art song."

-Will Berman of the Patchwork Project

This recital will feature songs by American composers such as Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland, Ricky Ian Gordon, Libby Larsen, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and more.  Proceeds will This performance will benefit the American Brain Tumor AssociationRiverkeeper, and Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Cracked Orlando: Dramma per Musica e Fractals
Mar
23
to Mar 25

Cracked Orlando: Dramma per Musica e Fractals

 

*SOLD OUT*

Continuing a collaboration with composer Jonathan Dawe, I will be performing Medoro in Dawe's telling of the classic operatic story of Orlando Furioso.  The musical setting is based on the math of fractals and the libretto on the Fibonacci sequence.  This multimedia production includes motion capture, projections, ballet and live technology manipulation and is being presented by The Juilliard School's Center for Innovation in the Arts.

 

Jonathan Dawe, composer                                                                                                 Terry Marks-Tarlow, librettist                                                                                                  Ed Bilous, director                                                                                                              Ryan McAdams, conductor

Brennan Hall, Orlando                                                                                                      Sharon Harms, Angelica                                                                                                     Brian Jeffers, Medoro                                                                                                  Jaqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Alcina                                                                                 Phoebe Dunn, Interactive Media Artist

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Sir John in Love
Jan
21
to Jan 22

Sir John in Love

  • Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I will be performing the role of Master Abraham Slender in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love as a part of the Bronx Opera Company's 50th Anniversary season.

The opera is the closest to Shakespeare's original "Merry Wives of Windsor" as any other setting, and is very rarely produced, so don't miss out!

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Sir John in Love
Jan
15
2:30 PM14:30

Sir John in Love

I will be performing the role of Master Abraham Slender in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love as a part of the Bronx Opera Company's 50th Anniversary season.

The opera is the closest to Shakespeare's original "Merry Wives of Windsor" as any other setting, and is very rarely produced, so don't miss out!

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Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers

I will be performing in the world premiere of Jonathan's Dawe's new opera as one of the Lehman Brothers traders.

Directed by Alastair Boag; Conducted by Benjamin Grow

"The financial collapse of 2008, amid the scheming trading floors of Wall Street and the forces of gods and love in imperial ancient Rome, is set in a dynamic and beautiful musical landscape by the artist [Jonathan Dawe] who has recently been cited as “One of our most important, yet little known, composers” (Seen and Heard International)."
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Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers

I will be performing in the world premiere of Jonathan's Dawe's new opera as one of the Lehman Brothers traders.

Directed by Alastair Boag; Conducted by Benjamin Grow

"The financial collapse of 2008, amid the scheming trading floors of Wall Street and the forces of gods and love in imperial ancient Rome, is set in a dynamic and beautiful musical landscape by the artist [Jonathan Dawe] who has recently been cited as “One of our most important, yet little known, composers” (Seen and Heard International)."
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Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program
Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program

I will be doing my final scene of the 2016 Aspen Opera Center season with part of a dream role. I will be performing in the Act I Finale of Mozart's final opera, Die Zauberflöte.  Additional scenes for the final program will be from L'Elisir D'Amore, Die Fledermaus, Owen Wingrave and Porgy and Bess!!

Ticket Information: https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/opera-scenes-master-class23/

And don't miss the final performance of AOC's production of Beatrice et Benedict this evening!!

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Opera Scenes with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra
Jul
30
10:00 AM10:00

Opera Scenes with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra

I will be performing in the rescue quartet from Mozart's masterpiece Die Entführung aus dem Serail as a favorite of mine, Pedrillo.  This will be the first of two editions of the opera scenes masterclasses that will be performed with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra. This event will include four scenes from different Mozart operas and will be conducted by renowned conductor, Jane Glover CBE.

Ticket information:

https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/opera-scenes-master-class20/

 

"See the rising stars of the opera world—and enjoy Aspen Opera enter director Ed Berkeley's brilliant and witty coaching."

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A Wedding
Jul
28
to Jul 30

A Wedding

This will be one of a handful of performances that this unique new American opera has seen.  A true stage comedy, come see what happens when "old money" meets "new money" as their family joins together.

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Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program
Jul
16
10:00 AM10:00

Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program

I will continue my performance as Ferrando in the Act I Sextet of Cosi fan tutte.  Additional scenes on the program are from The Threepenny OperaFalstaffDie FledermausL'Elisir D'Amore and more!!

Ticket Information: https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/opera-scenes-master-class18/

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La Bohème
Jul
14
to Jul 18

La Bohème

The Aspen Opera Center at the Aspen Music Festival and School will be presenting La Bohème as its first opera of the summer.  I will be performing in the chorus for the three-night run.  It will be presented with full orchestra, chorus and children's chorus in Aspen's historic Wheeler Opera House.

Ticket Information:

https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/puccinis-la-boheme7-14/#.VqutMfkrKUk

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Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program
Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

Aspen Opera Center Scenes Program

I will be performing in my first Cosi fan tutte repertoire as Ferrando in the Act I trio.  Other scenes on the program come from Rape of LucretiaLucia di LammermoorFidelio and more!!

Ticket information: https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/opera-scenes-master-class-1/

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Aspen Music Festival and School 2016
Jun
22
to Aug 22

Aspen Music Festival and School 2016

I will be headed to Aspen, Colorado for this amazing program before moving to New York City in the fall.  I will be studying with internationally-acclaimed tenor Vinson Cole and this year's opera Artist-in-Residence is GRAMMY-winning Met soprano, Renee Fleming.

My major project for the summer will be covering the role of Dino in William Bolcom's comic opera A Wedding. Described by Bolcom as a "21st Century Marriage of Figaro" the story, based on the 1978 comedy film of the same name, focuses around Dino and Muffin's wedding weekend and the complications of "old money" marrying "new money".  It is new to the operatic repertoire and was premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2004.

I will also be focusing on, learning, and performing the repertoire of Mozart through classes and weekly scene concerts, as well as being a part of the Aspen Opera Center's opera chorus.

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Kristin Chenoweth and the Phoenix Symphony
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Kristin Chenoweth and the Phoenix Symphony

I am thrilled to have been allowed the opportunity to play a small role in Ms. Chenoweth's Phoenix concert. I and a few ASU colleagues will be backing vocalists for a couple of numbers for her Saturday evening event.  She will be performing Broadway classics as well as standards from the American Songbook with the Phoenix Symphony.

http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=8468&gclid=Cj0KEQjw09C5BRDy972s6q2y4egBEiQA5_guv6phfOI7JfrZXi7RMPN09788NPaKU8nkiZkwXsBYAMoaAnjy8P8HAQ

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Honeger's KING DAVID
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Honeger's KING DAVID

I will be concluding my performing time with the Herberger Institute as Adult David in Honegger's great Dramatic Psalm King David at ASU Gammage!

The Arizona State University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will present Les Six composer Arthur Honegger's King David (Le roi David).  Described as a "dramatic psalm" this oratorio details the life of the biblical king David from "the time he was a shepherd, to his conquests in battle, his rise to power, his lust for another man’s wife, his agony over his son’s death, his disobedience to God, and finally to his own death."  Complete with chamber orchestra, full mixed choir, 2 soprano soloists (Aslief Wilmer, Kyla McCarrell), 2 mezzo-soprano soloists (Miriam Schildkret, Nicole Blumenstein), and myself as the tenor soloist as well as narrators (Professor Carole Fitzpatrick, Paul Gamble) and actress (Kimberly Mumford).  The piece varies in style evoking everything from Gregorian chant to jazz.  Arizona State University Choirs will be presenting the 1923 work at ASU Gammage.

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ANNELIES
Apr
10
2:00 PM14:00

ANNELIES

ANNELIES is a full-length choral work by composer James Whitbourn and being presented in it's new chamber form with the Arizona State University Chamber Singers. The work is based on, and uses texts from, the Diary of Anne Frank.  The music is gripping, chilling and takes the listener on the tragic, roller coaster journey of young Anne Frank.  This will final concert of two total presented by the ASU Chamber Singers.

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ANNELIES
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

ANNELIES

ANNELIES is a full-length choral work by composer James Whitbourn and being presented in it's new chamber form with the Arizona State University Chamber Singers. The work is based on, and uses texts from, the Diary of Anne Frank.  The music is gripping, chilling and takes the listener on the tragic, roller coaster journey of young Anne Frank.  This will be concert one of two total presented by the ASU Chamber Singers.

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L'Elisir D'Amore
Feb
25
to Feb 29

L'Elisir D'Amore

  • Evelyn Smith Music Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

February 25th-27th at 7:30pm and February 28th at 2:00pm

Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts

Lyric Opera Theatre

Arizona State University-Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' Lyric Opera Theatre Presents Gaetano Donizetti's romantic comedy opera L'Elisir D'Amore (The Elixir of Love).

I will be playing the lead role of Nemorino (February 25th and 27th), a young naive peasant boy, in love with his friend and local rich  landowner, Adina. Typical operatic comedy twists and turns occur complete with a love potion (Chianti), a swindling doctor, a scheming military captain and lively townspeople.  Don't miss this amazing operatic staple!!!

SEE THE TRAILER BELOW

https://www.facebook.com/asulyricoperatheatre/videos/10153433549580662/

 

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Messiah
Dec
5
2:00 PM14:00

Messiah

(Part I)

December 6th, 2015 2:00pm

New Song United Methodist Church

16303 West Bell Road

Surprise, Arizona 85388

Come hear Part I (Christmas) of G.F. Handel's famous Messiah, performed by the New Song United Methodist Choir and Orchestra!  Brian Jeffers, tenor soloist, David A. Norris, director.

www.newsongsurprise.org

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