Two-time Grammy Award-winning American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News), “plush-voiced mezzosoprano” (New York Times), and “calmly commanding stage presence” (The New Yorker), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.
The 2023–2024 season spotlights Ms. Bridges in the world premiere of Intelligence by Jake Heggie at the Houston Grand Opera. Bridges also makes her subscription debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Metropolitan Opera in John Adams’ El Niño.
Recent highlights include the 2022 Grammy Award-winning Metropolitan Opera production of Akhnaten and 2021 Grammy-winning recording of Richard Danielpour’s oratorio, The Passion of
Yeshua; performing at the Library of Congress as she received the 2022 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award; and her sold-out Carnegie Hall recital debut.
Bridges is the recipient of a 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, and 2012 Marian Anderson Award. An alumna of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, J’Nai has represented the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (MM) and Manhattan School of Music (BM).
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