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J'Nai Bridges

Two-time Grammy Award–winning American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges graces the world’s top opera and concert stages. A leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice, she was announced as one of the Kennedy Center’s NEXT 50 cultural leaders in 2022.

The 2023–24 season spotlights Bridges in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Intelligence, in which she appears as Lucinda at Houston Grand Opera. In addition to her New York Philharmonic subscription debut in these performances of Julia Perry’s Stabat mater, she appears with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra singing Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette. She returns to The Metropolitan Opera in John Adams’s El Niño, conducted by Marin Alsop, and appears in one of her signature roles, Bizet’s Carmen, at Hamburg Staatsoper. Her recital engagements over the season begin with a performance alongside Latonia Moore at San Diego Opera and continue at Modlin Center of the Arts, at the University of Richmond, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; more will be announced throughout the season.

Bridges’s career highlights include the 2022 Grammy-winning Metropolitan Opera production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and 2021 Grammy-winning recording of Richard Danielpour’s oratorio The Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; performing at the National Library of Congress to honor legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg as she received the 2022 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award; Bridges’s sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut; and her role debut of Kasturbai in Glass’s Satyagraha at Los Angeles Opera. She has received the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, and she is a 2012 Marian Anderson Award winner.

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