2018–19 Season: Title role, Carmen
American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News), is quickly becoming one of opera's fastest-rising talents, gracing the world's top stages in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites and world premieres to spirituals and standards.
She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in Andrea Chénier in 2016 and returned the following year to create the role of Josefa Segovia in John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West. Bridges’ 2018–19 season features her Carnegie Hall recital debut, a return to San Francisco Opera for her role debut as Carmen, her role debut as Kasturbai in Satyagraha with LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and international debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Other career highlights include her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and the role of Carmen in the world premiere of Jimmy Lopez's Bel Canto, based on the novel by Ann Patchett, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Her 2019–20 season includes house debuts with Tanglewood Festival (Beethoven's Symphony No. 9), the Metropolitan Opera (Nefertiti in Akhnaten) and Washington National Opera (her role debut as Dalila in Samson et Dalila).
A recipient of the 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, Bridges earned her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.