Photo by Devon Cass.
Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges, a third-year Ryan Opera Center member, has performed a wide range of roles, including the title role/Carmen (Glimmerglass Festival); Idamante/Idomeneo, Carmen/La tragédie de Carmen, Teresa/La sonnambula, Iras/Antony and Cleopatra, and Baba the Turk/The Rake's Progress (Curtis Institute of Music); and Polly/The Beggar's Opera and Ino/Semele (Manhattan School of Music). Hailing from Lakewood, Washington, Bridges made her professional debut in 2008 with Opera North. This spring she sang Adalgisa/Norma at Knoxville Opera. Other recent engagements include Opera Philadelphia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), the Illinois Philharmonic, the Ravinia Festival, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and performances at Washington DC's Kennedy Center (including a solo recital). Among Bridges' honors are the 2012 Marian Anderson Award, first prize from the Leontyne Price Foundation Competition, an award from the American Opera Society of Chicago Competition, second prize in the Musicians Club of Women Competition, and the Women's Voice Fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. After performing at the "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" concert, Bridges made her Lyric Opera mainstage debut in 2012-13 as the Second Maid/Elektra, and later appeared in Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto, Parsifal, La traviata, Rusalka and The Family Barber. This upcoming season at Lyric she will be featured in Il trovatore and The Passenger.
J'nai Bridges is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor.
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