Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: World
American mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, noted for her “alluring dusky voice,” is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. J’nai 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 at the Lyric include Inez in Il trovatore under the baton of Asher Fisch, Vlasta in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Flora in La traviata, and two student matinee performances of Rosina in Il barbiere . . . di Siviglia.
In the 2015-16 season, J’nai Bridges returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing the role of Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett. Ms. Bridges also performs Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera, the mezzo-soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Berkeley, the mezzo-soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with the Lexington Philharmonic, and Ravel’s Shéhérezade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Ravel’s Chansons Medécasses with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the title role of Carmen with Finger Lakes Opera; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and also in Caracas, Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. She has performed Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Wolf Trap Opera and Adalgisa in Norma with Knoxville Opera.