For Immediate Release - New York, NY - Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges’ 2019-20 season kicked off with her Tanglewood Festival debut, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the closing performance of their summer season. On the operatic stage this season, Bridges makes her highly-anticipated debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in Akhnaten, for which the LA Times praised her as “opulent,” followed by a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges’ season continues with a welcome return to Dutch National Opera, singing the title role of Carmen in Europe for the first time. She then brings her exceptional command of 20th-century repertoire to her house and role debut as Margret in Berg’s Wozzeck at the Festival d’Aix-en-provence.
Alongside her Tanglewood Festival debut on the concert stage this season, Bridges makes debuts with San Antonio Symphony singing the solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, with New Jersey Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, and with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for an evening of Art Song. Her season concludes with her highly-anticipated debut at BBC Proms performing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
This season continues Bridges’ momentum from several highly-acclaimed performances at major houses across the world last season, including her critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her professional role debut as Carmen with San Francisco Opera, and her international debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as well as Dutch National Opera, where she reprised her “fiercely dignified, and entrancing” (New York Times) Josefa Segovia in John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West.