2017–18 Season: Josefa Segovia in Girls of the Golden West
Making her San Francisco Opera debut in 2016 as Bersi in Andrea Chénier, American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. Her other performances in the 2016-17 season include her debuts at Bavarian State Opera as Bersi, at Los Angeles Opera as Nefertiti in Akhnaten, and at Vancouver Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking; as well as featured soloist appearances with the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in the "Farewell to Christoph Eschenbach" concert, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural week in the Elbphilharmonie.
Bridges' recent performances include the roles of Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera, and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia with Wolf Trap Opera; as well as concert engagements with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; with the L.A. Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel; with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in her first performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade; and with the Oregon Symphony
Bridges recently completed a three-year residency with the distinguished Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Highlights of her tenure there included Ines in Il Trovatore, Vlasta in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, Flora in La Traviata, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.