Previously at Lyric: Nine roles since 2012|13, most recently Carmen|Bel Canto (2015|16, world premiere); Vlasta|The Passenger (2014|15); Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter (2020|21).
J’Nai Bridges, a Ryan Opera Center alumna, has recently scored major successes at the Metropolitan Opera (Nefertiti/Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, company premiere), Washington National Opera (Dalila/Samson and Delilah), San Francisco Opera (title role/Carmen, Josefa Segovia/John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West, the latter a world premiere reprised at Dutch National Opera), LA Opera (Akhnaten, Kasturbai/Philip Glass’s Satyagraha), Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu (Federica/Luisa Miller), the Zurich Opera House (Preziosilla/La forza del destino), Munich’s Bavarian State Opera (Bersi/Andrea Chénier), and Vancouver Opera (Sister Helen Prejean/Dead Man Walking). The mezzo-soprano made a sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut, and she has appeared in concert with the major orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, among other prestigious ensembles. Bridges is a former recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award and the Marian Anderson Vocal Award. A former participant in the Glimmerglass Festival young-artist program, she also represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
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