Lyric Opera of Chicago

J'nai Bridges

 J'nai Bridges

Photo by Devon Cass.

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges, a third-year Ryan Opera Center member, has performed a wide range of roles, including Polly/The Beggar's Opera and Ino/Semele (Manhattan School of Music); 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 the title role/Carmen (Glimmerglass Festival). 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 appear in Il trovatore and The Passenger.

 

J'nai Bridges is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor.

 

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Ryan Opera Center 2014-2015 Ensemble

 

Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Tracy Cantin

 

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

 

Laura Wilde

 

 

J'nai Bridges

 

Julie Anne Miller

 

 

Tenors       Baritones    

Jesse Donner

 

John Irvin

 

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

 

Anthony Clark Evans

 

Will Liverman

 

 

 

Bass-baritone   Bass     Pianist  

Richard Ollarsaba

 

 

 

Bradley Smoak

Bradley Smoak

 

 

 

Maureen Zoltek