J'Nai Bridges Announces her 2018-19 Season

J'Nai Bridges Announces
her 2018-19 Season

The mezzo-soprano makes her Carnegie Hall Recital debut, featuring traditional repertoire alongside African-American songs and spirituals, and performs at Charleston’s Gaillard Center as part of their Prints In Clay celebration

US debuts this season include her house role debut as Carmen at San Francisco Opera, her role debut as Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her Amarillo Symphony debut singing Kindertotenlieder
International debuts include Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona for another role debut as Federica in Verdi’s Luisa Miller

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.

2018-19 Season Dates

September 15, 2018
Charleston Gaillard Center | Charleston, SC
“Still We Rise: A Spirituals Celebration” (Prints in Clay)

September 22 & 23, 2018
Los Angeles Master Chorale | Los Angeles, CA
Mozart: Requiem

October 20 – November 11, 2018

LA Opera | Los Angeles, CA
Glass: Satyagraha (Kasturbai)

November 16 & 17, 2018
Amarillo Symphony | Amarillo, TX
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

December 13, 2018

Carnegie Hall | New York, NY
Recital in Weill Recital Hall

December 21 &  22, 2018 
American Modern Opera Company | New York, NY
Adams: El Niño  

February 28 – March 17, 2019

Dutch National Opera | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adams: Girls of the Golden West (Josefa Segovia)

June 5 – 29, 2019
San Francisco Opera | San Francisco, CA
Bizet: Carmen (Carmen)

July 14 – 26, 2019
Gran Teatre del Liceu | Barcelona, Spain
Verdi: Luisa Miller (Federica)

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J'Nai Bridges - Girls of the Golden West


Andrew Ousley
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