Jenny Ribeiro


2013 - Celebrating Women's month

Jenny Ribeiro A native of Washington State, Jenny Ribeiro has been performing since childhood. After studying voice at Central Washington University, she gained professional experience in Seattle (Maria - Sound of Music, Hodel - Fiddler on the Roof, and Mary Jane - Big River) before heading to New York City in 2008. Ms. Ribeiro has specialized in new works on both coasts, creating the roles of Amy (The North Arcade) and the Cat (Jack Prelutsky's Something Big Has Been Here) in Seattle and The Composer (The Two Cents Opera), Alice (Wonderland), Aphrodite (Sappho in the Mix) and Martha (Thomas Pasatieri's God Bless Us Everyone) in New York City.

In the 2009/10 season, she made her debut with several opera companies, including Village Light Opera, Opera Manhattan and Opera Regina and joined the production team of the new music company Alphabet Soup Productions as the Artistic Director of Opera and Artist in Residence. She also made her Bard Summerscape Festival debut in Franz Schreker's Der Ferne Klang.

Concert Dates

  • March 24, 2013 - New York City

15 one-minute selections for Jenny Ribeiro

Concert program
  • The Bird of Time

    Beth Anderson

    Beth Anderson is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and music theater events. Her all-Beth Anderson recordings are out on Albany (QUILT MUSIC, 2004), New World (SWALES & ANGELS, 2004), Pogus (PEACHY KEEN-O, 2003). Visit her online at

    The Bird of Time is set to four lines from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam concerning the enjoyment of life and the shortness of life. It begins in B-flat, goes to C, and ends in E-flat—all in 50 seconds. A little like life. It was composed July 14, 2012 for Jenny Ribeiro.

  • Op.20 Vocalise No.2 in C minor

    Erol Bugra Balci

    Erol Bugra Balci - Born: 06.27.1986, Turkey. Currently lives is New York and is a Master Student at Queens College. He has a Bachelor Degree from Dokuz Eylul University He has received scholoarships from Berklee College of Music, Western Oregon University, The Collective School of Music, Italy Siena Fondazione, and Modern Music Academy He has recorded 4 albums as a sideman of Allessandro Sgobbio,Pete Jung,Ersin Ozyurt,Alper Demir. Erol Bugra Balci is a sub instructor at The Collective School of Music, NY , and is Performing with the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. Hew won the Yamaha Best Player of Turkey 2008 Award.

    A Drinking Song by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), was first published in his collection Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910). The music reflects the text, which is both amusing and wistful. And while the title may suggest merriment, there is a sense here of unrequited longing.

  • Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?

    Andrei Bogdanov

    Andrei Bogdanov was born in 1974 and lives in Belarus. Formely he was a law advisor. Writing music is his long-term matter of interest. He tried to compose rock and electronic music in collaboration with some of belarussian musicians. Nowadays he studies and practises composition in classical way.

    "Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?" is a short song on the 'Forbearance' poem of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was interesting to me to express this verse, so full of philosophic sense, in music. Because of the deepness of Emerson's poetry, polyphonic harmony has been chosen.

  • Thou Hast Left Me Ever, Jamie

    Inna Buganina

    Inna Buganina was born in 1967. She worked as a teacher, a journalist. She took lessons in vocal from Ulyanovsk teacher Igor Asanov and composer and teacher Stanislav Stankevich. In recent years she studies composition under supervision of the russian cellist and composer Vsevolod Youdenitch. Inna lives in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

    This piece is the song on the Robert Burns' verse 'Thou hast left me ever, Jamie'. I've made a dramatic variant, trying to retain the mood of the Burns' verses, full of girl's deep sorrow for her lost beloved. They are very soulful, sad, and the music shall be too

  • The Wind of Glory

    Anna Imaykina

    I'm a self-taught 22 years old starting composer and amateur singer. I like opening up performers' soul through compositions inspired by their individuality. It's amazing how great musicians can bring listeners closer to higher things through beautiful music. My goal is to keep improving musical skills to compose high-level music.

    I imagined that Jenny's voice reflects the victors' spirit which is her nature as well. At last all difficulties are gone and it's time to share the joy of victory together. Solemn piano chords remind of the orchestra performing a hymn and Jenny's heavenly vocal sends listeners to higher things.

  • O Gracious Light

    Dmitry Kitsenko

    I studied composition with Solomon Lobel and Tiberiu Olah. I am listed in the Musik Geselschaft und Gegenwart (Germany), The New Grove of Music and Musicians (England), a complete biographical reference work "International Who's Who in Classical Music 2003", Encyclopedia of the Modern Ukraine, and The Ukrainian Musical Encyclopedia. Master of Arts (2000).

    O Gracious Light for Soprano and Piano was written in January, 2013 especially for Jenny Ribeiro. As the concert is expected to be performed at the Jan Hus Church in New York City, I believed that it would be appropriate if I compose music with religious text for the concert.

  • I’m A Fine Head of Lettuce

    Julie Mandel

    Julie Mandel writes chamber music and music for theatre. Theodore Presser publishes her Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, and her String Quartet #3 which received the Burton Award for Contemporary Music. In June 2012 her one-act opera, “ I Wish, I Wish, I Wish” was performed at the Thalia Theatre in NYC.

    The song, “I’m A Fine Head of Lettuce”, was based on a few lines taken from the diary of said head of lettuce just before it had a complete nervous breakdown. The attending psychovegitist diagnosed the patient as being incapable of mixing with the other vegetables in a salad, or any other group activity.

  • ABC

    Vitaliy Manyk

    I was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, November 25, 1963. I studied a composition at the Mykola Lysenko L’viv National Music Academy, Ukraine. I’m interesting in academical and theatrical music. I write symphonic, chamber, chorus, vocal and piano music. I’m a winner of international competitions.

    I don't know English very well. That's why I decided to write my music to the words of the alphabet. It can be used with humor.

  • Sorrow, trembit

    Evgenia Marchuk

    Evgenia Marchuk was born in Cherkasy, Ukraine on 11 of April 1979. She graduated Kharkiv Art University,composition class in 2005. She is a member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine. Achievement: chamber-instrumental and symphonic, vocal, choral, theatre music, music for movies, children’s music.

    "Sorrow, trembit" (verses by Roman Kupchynsky, 1894, Ukraine - 1976, USA)is tragic song about a girl's unhappy fate. A trembit is authentian Ukrainian musical instrument. it was usually used by Ukrainians to send informations over the Karpathian mountains. Often it foreshowed any sad events.

  • Canzonetta

    Daniel Mihai

    Daniel Mihai studied with the Maestro and teachers like Serban Nichifor, Stefan Gheorghiu and a lot of great teachers of Romanian School of Music (National University of Music in Bucharest)! The first teacher in my life was my father who brings my special love to music and special to my first love- violine! He has attended MBA courses in the Faculty of Performing Art, with the objective of improvement and assimilation of all knowledge related to contemporary music.I am teacher of violine in Constanta and also i play with pleasure this kind of music wherever! Also, I want to finish my final thesis soon as possible!

    For this composition i reach one of the meaning of the canzonetta feelings in postmoden era. I bring that idea following and watching several italian singers. I use a special line for the voice and bring all the support of piano! I compose with this impression who is in my perception lovely ! Also the piano is in a mood and bring the whole atmosphere because I use pianist tehnique and skill for this CANZONETTA. I choose to compose this to express also all the postmodern sense FOR Ms Jenny Ribeiro. I hope with this miniature to be a special one, remembering and also connecting the past with the future, only in this PRESENT day! And I hope this is will be a SPECIAL ONE! The shorts moments are the best because what you feel in that moments is very exciting. The modulation appears like a remembering in the feelings and the skills of the WORDS,and vocalises in only 60 seconds.

  • Bucca

    Richard Nye

    Richard Nye: Born 1967, Gloucester, England and studied music in London. Richard has written for soloists, ensembles, choirs and orchestras.

    Bucca is a dramatic piece, briefly describing life underground for one Cornish tin miner. The pieces uses the text from a poem written by the composer's sister, Kate Nye.

  • Anything

    Kala Pierson

    Kala Pierson is an American composer and sound artist. Trained at Eastman School of Music, she's had performances in more than 25 countries. Her long-term projects include Axis of Beauty (setting texts by Middle Eastern writers since 2004, in response to "Axis of Evil" propaganda) and Illuminated (setting texts about sex and sexuality from a wide range of cultures).

    Anything is a fragment from a future voice+piano cycle of mine called Into the Light.

  • Spring Came Early

    Judi Silvano

    Judi Silvano has written 40 works for voice, piano, woodwinds, harp, string quartet, scores for dance, A Capella vocal groups, jazz ensembles and Big Bands. Awarded 3 Grants from Meet the Composer and NYSCA, she has ten recordings including her compositions.

    “Spring Came Early” has words and music by Judi Silvano and evokes the excitement that the season stirs in the hearts of gardeners worldwide! After a short piano introduction, there is a short motif, followed by an interlude where the Soprano can create her own “syllalables” before the final melody.

  • Using the Sixth Mode of Limited Transposition

    José Jesus de Azevedo Souza

    José Jesus de Azevedo Souza studied in England at the Purcell School with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and later studied at the Trinity College of Music and University of Sheffield. Since then he has written a considerable amount of music, some of which has been performed.

    Using the Sixth Mode of Limited Transposition, this Soliloquy includes laughter, whistling, humming, Sprechstimme and singing. The pianist is asked to silently play a chord with pedal from the Sixth Mode in the beginning and continuously sustain both the chord and pedal, whereupon the singer laughs and begins the piece.

  • Goldi's Wish

    Judith L. Zaimont

    Sisters Judith L. Zaimont and Doris L. Kosloff have collaborated often: as duo-pianists, composer-and-conductor, composer-and- poet/librettist. Zaimont’s internationally known for her emotional, color-filled music (Guggenheim, 2003 Copland, 2005 Bush, 2012 American Prize -Orchestral Composition, etc.). Kosloff heads the Opera Program at Hartt and is Artistic Director of Connecticut Concert Opera.

    What drives Goldilocks away from home to seek adventures in The Three Bears’ woods? That’s the springboard for action in Zaimont and Kosloff”s inventive opera-for-all-ages, GOLDILOCKS and THE THREE BEARS. This newly-written number illustrates why: Goldi yearns for freedom from parental constraints: “Just let me be me!”