Ryan Opera Center member J'nai Bridges is an exciting young singer who can currently be seen on stage in Weinberg's The Passenger as Vlasta. You might also recognize her from previous appearances at Lyric in productions ranging from Il Trovatore, The Magic Victrola, The Family Barber, La Traviata, Parsifal, The Second City Guide to the Opera, and more!
J'nai Bridges in The Family Barber and The Second City Guide to the Opera
(top L-R); La Traviata and The Magic Victrola (bottom L-R)
In addition to her hard work on stage at Lyric, she was just named as one of 20 international finalists for the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in June.
Catch J'nai in The Passenger through March 15 and at Rising Stars in Concert on March 21, which marks her official "graduation" from the Ryan Opera Center. (Donate $75 or more today to secure your place at this exciting performance.) She'll also make a welcome return to Chicago in the 2015-16 season when she portrays Carmen in the world-premiere performances of Jimmy López's Bel Canto, which opens on December 7.
Name J'nai Bridges
Year in ROC 3rd Year
Hometown Lakewood, Washington
Dream Role Charlotte in Werther
When did you start singing? When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
I started singing classically when I was 17, my senior year in high school. I knew I wanted to be an opera singer after my freshman year at Manhattan School of Music.
Did you ever consider a career other than singing? And if you had to imagine an alternative career now, what would it be?
Yes, I considered studying psychology. I find the mind really fascinating.
What was the most memorable performance you've been in at this point in your career?
I have a couple of most memorable moments. The first is performing Act IV from Carmen at Stars of Lyric Opera in Millennium Park in 2012 and the second is making my Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of Matthew Aucoin.
J'nai Bridges and Brandon Jovanovich perform in Carmen at Stars of Lyric Opera in Millennium Park
What is something most people don't know about you?
I speak Japanese.
When you're not performing or rehearsing, where are we likely to find you?
At home or in some sort of spa relaxing
Learn more about J'nai and Cardiff Singer of the World in this Lyric Spotlight video:
J'nai Bridges interviewed by WFMT before a performance of The Passenger:
- J'nai Bridges portrait credit Devon Cass
- Lyric Opera of Chicago production photos credit Todd Rosenberg (Family Barber, La Traviata, and The Magic Victrola); Dan Rest (The Second City Guide to the Opera); and Robert Kusel (Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, 2012)