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.

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Opera Roles

Cracked Orlando                             Medoro                                           Juilliard's Center for Innovation in the Arts

Sir John in Love                               Abraham Slender                             Bronx Opera Company

Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers   Trader/Mercury                          Casa Italiana, Columbia University

L'Elisir D'Amore                                 Nemorino                                        ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Owen Wingrave                                    Lechmere                                            ASU Lyric Opera Theatre       

Albert Herring                                       Mayor Upfold                                       UNL Opera

Die Zauberflöte                                    Monostatos                                           UNL Opera

Amahl and the Night Visitors                King Kaspar                                          UNL Opera           

Le Nozze di Figaro                               Don Curzio                                            UNL Opera

 

Opera Chorus

Guadalupe (World Premiere)              Chorus of The People                          ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Dido and Aeneas                               Chorus                                                  ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Amahl and the Night Visitors              Chorus                                                UNL Opera Outreach

Die Zauberflöte                                  First Slave/Chorus                               Harrower Opera Workshop

L’Incoronazione di Poppea (NOA 3rd Place Winner)     Friend of Seneca           UNL Opera

               

Prepared Roles

Eugene Onegin                                    Lensky/Triquet                         Arizona Opera Cover Study Program                   

 

Musical Roles

 Anything Goes                                  Lord Evelyn Oakleigh            ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (BroadwayWorld Regional Award Nominee)                  Candide (NOA 1st Place Winner)           Governor of Buenos Aires                    UNL Opera/Theatre

Children of Eden (KCACTF Meritorious Achievement-Ensemble)    Storyteller            ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Cross That River  (ASCAP New Musical Winner)    Ensemble                                  ASCAP New Musical Festival

 

Oratorio

The Creation (Haydn; Adaptation Premiere)  Uriel         Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

King David (Honegger)                           Adult David (Tenor Soloist)       Arizona State University

Messiah-Part I (Handel)                          Tenor Soloist                     New Song United Methodist (AZ)

To Be Certain of a Dawn (Paulus)         Tenor Soloist                                        Lincoln Choral Artists

Carmina Burana (Orff)                Chorister/Tenor Soloist Understudy     Glenn Korff School of Music

Annelies (Whitbourn)-(Upcoming)          Chorister                              Arizona State Chamber Singers

King David (Honneger)-(Upcoming)       Chorister            Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

War Requiem (Britten)                           Chorister                        Lied Center for the Performing Arts

Ein Deutsch Requiem (Brahms)             Chorister                                     Glenn Korff School of Music

   

 

Sacred

Requiem (Mozart)                                    Tenor Soloist   Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Southwest Carols (Susa)                         Tenor Soloist              St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Ceremony of Carols (Britten)                    Tenor Soloist   Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Messa di Requiem (Verdi)                          Chorister                   Lied Center for the Performing Arts

Mass in B Minor (Bach)                               Chorister                               Glenn Korff School of Music

Passion of St. John (Anders) (World Premiere)  Tenor                          St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

 

Special Skills

Basic Ballet and Modern Dance (2 years), Trumpet (9 years), Piano (3 years), Basic sewing (hand stitching, trim etc.), English accent (RP), Scottish Brogue, Stage Movement (Alexander, Ta Chi, Laban, Viewpoints etc.) American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Certification-Adult/Child CPR-AED-First Aid

 

Education

Master of Music-Music Theatre/Opera Performance (2016)

Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Lyric Opera Theatre

 

Bachelor of Music-Vocal Performance (2014)

Musical Theatre Minor (in collaboration with Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts-Glenn Korff     School of Music

 

Additional Training

Aspen Music Festival and School (2016/2018)

Trouble In Tahiti (Boy 1)

Studies in Voice, Acting, Opera and Concert Performances and Masterclasses

Vinson Cole, Voice

Harrower Opera Workshop (2012)

 Acting in Opera and Musical Theatre: Carroll Freeman, Kay Paschal and Copeland Woodruff

Broadway Dreams Foundation Intern (2011-2014) Summer Intensives and Classes including:

Acting, Auditioning, and Voice: Quentin Earl Darrington, Nicole Parker, Richard Jay-Alexander, Tituss Burgess, Nicholas Rodriquez