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Teaching Artists

Meet the artists who make Michigan Opera Outreach so amazing!

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Jenny Ribeiro

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. 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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Brysien Beer

E. Brysien Beer recently completed his degree in Vocal Performance at Michigan State University. As a tenor he has presented recitals in China, Italy and of course the United States. Brysien has a passion for teaching as well. Alongside his private studio of voice students, Brysien runs an inner city vocal arts program for disadvantaged students interested in pursuing music of all genres.  Currently Brysien studies world renown Mezzo-Soprano Jane Bunnell. In addition he has studied with or been coached by some of the worlds leading vocal professionals including Marc Embree, Richard Fracker, John Wustman, Elden Little, Mark Rucker, Duane Davis, Scott Bosscher, and Alan Nathan.

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David Simmons

David Simmons is a Michigan based Bass-Baritone and certified Music Educator. He has been involved with several theater and opera productions throughout his college career in order to enhance his passion for music!

David has his Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State as well as a Master’s Degree in Vocal Music Performance from Michigan State University! He has 5 years of private teaching experience of students of various ages ranging from young children to adults!

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