singing career began at the age of 12 when her unique vocal abilities caught
the ear of her school music teacher. Throughout middle school, she
participated in honors music programs and was cast as Michaela in the seventh-grade
production of the opera Carmen. Bri (as her friends refer to her), continued
the path of performing with the support of her parents and teachers. Bri
made her Carnegie Hall debut at the Weil Recital Hall in the Voices of the
New Millennium Concert in New York City. Black Enterprise Magazine; ABC Here
and Now; Scholar Magazine; Conversations Magazine; and NASDAQ Tower in Times
Square have all spotlighted her career accomplishments with Conversations
Magazine including her as “25 Women Changing World” and NASDAQ’s “Ignite
Your Ambition” Campaign; Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award from East
Carolina University School of Music and nominated as “Favorite Indie Artist
of the Year” from Callywood Radio in Los Angeles.
Ms. Cooper has performed with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Charleston Symphony Eldbrook Opera, International Tour of Porgy and Bess, The Israel Jerusalem Music Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, East Carolina Opera Theater, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Opera Ebony Young Artist Program to name a few. Her operatic repertoire includes Flora from La Traviata, Thisbe from La Cenerentola, Dorabella from Cosi fan Tutti and Dido from Dido and Aeneas, Mrs. Grose from Turn of the Screw, as well as several oratorios. Her debut with The Washington National Opera helped to establish her as not only a world-class opera singer but also an advocate for opera education with The Washington National Opera Look-In Program, where she performed the role of Tituba from Robert Ward’s The Crucible. Bri was awarded a grant to teach opera to the children of Washington DC which led her to be recognized as the first opera singer to be nominated New Teacher of the Year by Washington DC Public Schools and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Ward 8 in Washington DC.
Ms. Cooper’s guest soloist engagements include personal invitations to sing for international dignitaries such as His Excellency, Dr. Eugene Newry and His Excellency Joshua Sears for the Bahamas Independence Day High Tea Celebration, which celebrates her Bahamian heritage; The People’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon; The International Caribbean Heritage Awards; Handel’s Messiah; The Key Biscayne Artist Series; The New Haven Connecticut Celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; The Royal Palm Beach Concert Series; The 100th Celebration of Christ Episcopal Church in Miami, Florida; and St. Christopher's Episcopal Church; She has performed in recital throughout the United States and Europe.
Bridgette’s musical theater and stage play performances include the National Broadway Tour of Show Boat and American Theater of Harlem’s Picnic and Raisin in the Sun. She is the creator/producer/host of the podcast and TV show Operaluscious™ “Where Opera Meets Lifestyle” which airs in NYC, DC, and LA, and serves as guest contributor to several online opera magazines and was featured on FOX45 Morning Show singing a selection from her debut CD, Heavenly Grass: Great American Art Songs.
Her television credits include her TV show Operalusicous™ “Where Opera Meets Lifestyle”, Bri Cooper and Friends at the 43rd Independence Celebration of the Bahamas for ZNS; a small role of the clerk in the HBO series THE WIRE, a regional Toyota commercial and HBO The Washingtonian.
Ms. Cooper is the recipient of several awards national and international awards of singing. Including the Paul Robeson National Vocal Competition, Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition, Bel Canto Competition of Chicago, the YWCA Studio Club Competition, The International, Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, and Ms. American Achievement of District of Columbia and the National Association of Teachers of Singing state and Regional Finalist. She is also contributing editor for several online music magazines.
Bridgette received her Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from East Carolina University where she was awarded Outstanding College Students of America; studied music at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and Peabody Conservatory. Bri began her recording career with her debut recording of Heavenly Grass: Great American Art Songs. Since then, she has consistently added a variety of music to her discography, which are all available on CD Baby, Amazon.com, Tidal, Apple Music and all digital distribution outlets including Apple Music and iTunes.