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.

Aspen Music Festival and School 2016!

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted an offer to study and perform with Aspen Opera Theater Center at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School! This is one of America's premier classical music training programs and I will have the amazing opportunity to study voice with internationally-acclaimed tenor Vinson Cole (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, UMKC).  Other voice faculty members include Stephen King (Rice), W. Stephen Smith (Northwestern and author of The Naked Voice) and the amazing, GRAMMY-award winning "peoples' diva" soprano Renee Fleming!  This program has come at the perfect time in my soon-to-be postgraduate life, so stay tuned for updates on casting in Aspen as well as future fundraising opportunities.

Work Hard, Dream Big

Brian Jeffers

L'ELISIR D'AMORE

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' Lyric Opera Theatre's production of L'Elisir D'Amore (The Elixir of Love) is coming up SOON!! It is so great to see the pieces come together and the dedication of everyone involved.  If you think opera isn't for you, or think that and have never seen one, this is a PERFECT show to see to get your feet wet! It is the classic story of a young boy with nothing to his name, but a lot of love in his heart, who is hopelessly in love with a girl out of his league. Through a series of funny, heartwarming, and bittersweet actions he does everything he can to melt her guarded heart.  Complete with partying, wine, dancing, slapstick, and Donizetti's BEAUTIFUL music.  The opera includes the incredibly famous tenor aria Una Furtiva Lagrima as well as many other well known Donizetti melodies.  DON'T MISS this Bel Canto staple!!! See UPCOMING tab for details and ticket information!!

BROADWAYWORLD.COM NOMINATION

I was excited to find out recently that I was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Regional Award for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for my performances of Lord Evelyn Oakleigh last Spring in Anything Goes. The Award is chosen by voters like you!! Please consider following the link below and filling out a ballot.  There are many other ASU affiliated performers, directors, choreographers etc. in other categories so check them out as well!!!

http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/liveupdate2015region.cfm?btype=3818&region=Phoenix#sthash.jZw9KU8m.GVqWcJ4o.dpbs

 

Guadalupe WORLD PREMIERE

    Production week for ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's WORLD PREMIERE of GUADALUPE is fully underway!!  This is not a show you will want to miss! Many exciting things surround this premiere, including internationally acclaimed Met Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano ISOLA JONES playing the Virgen de Guadalupe for 2 of the 4 performances (a part written specifically for her).  Isola performed 16 seasons at the Met spanning 505 performances and 10 Live at the Met Broadcasts.

     The premiere also includes two illustrious guest artists, R. CARLOS NAKAI and XAVIER YXAYOTL, highly regarded, and award-winning musicians specializing in Native music of the Americas.  The orchestra includes many Native instruments played and crafted by these artists.

     All of this as well as the ASU Chamber Singers performing as the chorus and the opera being performed only a few weeks before the lead character, Juan Diego's, real Catholic feast day in mid-December.  The music is both primal and breathtaking and composed by ASU's own Dr. James DeMars with a libretto put together by Dr. DeMars and stage director, Graham Whitehead, among others. See UPCOMING tab for dates and ticket information!!

     From this story's premiere as a cantata: "As the last notes faded I sat awestruck... this opera was a milestone in the history of contemporary music." Latino Perspectives