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. A recipient of the 2012 Marian Anderson Award, J’nai recently joined the prestigious Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she has already appeared in the title role in Act IV of Carmen for Stars of Lyric Opera, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Act I for the Grant Park Music Festival) and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Act . . . II at Symphony Hall), all to great success.
This season, J’nai continues her residency with Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing Inez in Il trovatore under the baton of Asher Fisch, followed by performances of Vlasta in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Concert performances include Handel’s Messiah at Orchestra Hall with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and a chamber concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Art Institute of Chicago. J’nai will then create the role of Rebecca in the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD with Opera Philadelphia.
Last season at Chicago Lyric, J’nai took on the mainstage as a Flower maiden in Parsifal, Flora in La traviata, Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, and two student matinee performances of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, J’nai appeared as a soloist for WFMT 98.7’s new recital series, and ended the season by performing the role of Adalgisa in Norma with Knoxville Opera and singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Lakewood, Washington, J’nai earned her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music (2012), where her operatic credits include Carolina Kirchstetten in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Idamante in Idomeneo, Carmen in Le tragedie de Carmen, Teresa in La Sonnambula, Iras in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress. During this time, J’nai appeared as the Madrigalist in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
J’nai received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she appeared in the U.S. premiere of Xenakis’s Oresteia, conducted by Steven Osgood and as Polly in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera to rave reviews from the New York Times. Other appearances in the New York area include the role of Mlle. Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
A young artist with the Glimmerglass Music Festival (2010, 2011), J’nai had the great opportunity to cover Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Jenks in Copland’s The Tender Land and sing the title role of Carmen.