For Immediate Release - New York, NY - Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is pleased to announce her 2018-19 season, featuring her Carnegie Hall Recital debut and her house role debut as Carmen at San Francisco Opera, and continuing her presence in major opera houses and concert stages across North America and the world.
Her season begins on September 15 as the featured soloist in the “Still We Rise: A Spirituals Celebration” recital at Charleston’s Gaillard Center. The program is a part of their Prints In Clay celebration, a multimedia artistic and educational exploration into the many significant contributions of African-Americans to the history and culture of the community.
Bridges continues to showcase her concert repertoire this season with her Carnegie Hall Solo Recital debut alongside pianist Mark Markham, featuring a program of traditional repertoire mixed with African-American songs and spirituals, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut performing the Mozart Requiem, and her debut at Amarillo Symphony singing Mahler’s heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder.
On the operatic stage, Bridges brings her new music expertise in a welcome return to LA Opera for her highly-anticipated role debut as Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha in a production by Phelim McDermott, and makes her debut with the American Modern Opera Company in the chamber version premiere of John Adams’ oratorio El Niño. She also returns to the San Francisco Opera for her house role debut in the title role of Carmen alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani. International operatic engagements this season include her house debut at Dutch National Opera for another run of John Adams’ highly acclaimed Girls of the Golden West, and a house and role debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu as Federica in Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
Highlights from last season included creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, where she “brought a lush mezzo and a defiant ferocity” (Wall Street Journal), making her house debut at Opernhaus Zürich for her role debut as Preziosilla in Verdi’s La forza del destino, and receiving the 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award.