2018–19 Season: Title role of Carmen
Having made 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. 2017–18 season highlights include her return to San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West and engagements with Opera Zürich, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony. Recent highlights include leading roles at the Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Diego, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Wolf Trap Operas and soloist engagements with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and more. Bridges received a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, won the 2016 Francisco Viñas and 2015 Gerda Lissner Competitions, was resident at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, and represented the U.S. at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music.