J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top stages. Her 2019-2020 operatic engagements in the U.S. this season include her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, and her house and role debut at Washington National Opera performing Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges will sing the title role of Carmen for the first time in Europe at the Dutch National Opera and will make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Bridges opens her season with her Tanglewood Festival debut, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She continues her concert repertoire by making her debut with San Antonio Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and debuting with the New Jersey Symphony in Handel’s Messiah. Bridges also performs an art song recital with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and closes her season by making her debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Chineke! Orchestra and Friends.
26 November 2019 | 57 mins 50 secs
akhnaten, jessye norman, met opera, metopera, mezzo
J'Nai Bridges sits down for an informal talk after her first day working at the Met on Akhnaten. We talk modern singer life, the legacy of Jessye Norman, and long-needed changes in the opera industry.