Lyric Opera of Chicago

J'nai Bridges

 J'nai Bridges

Photo by Devon Cass.

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges, a second-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. In the spring of 2013 she sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with both the Macon Symphony Orchestra (Georgia) and the Illinois Philharmonic. Other recent engagements include 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 most recently first prize in women's voice in the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Competition. 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 and Rigoletto. This season she will perform in Parsifal, La traviata and Rusalka.

J'nai Bridges is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor.


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