American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is known for her rich, dark, exciting sound and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. Her recent career highlights include her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, her debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila, her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, and her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera.
Bridges made her debut with Dutch National Opera in 2019, in the role Josefa Segovia in Girls of the Golden West. She was also supposed to perform the title role in Carmen in the 2019-2020 season, but this performance was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. In the 2020-2021 season she is one of the soloists in Donizetti Queens in Concert.
Bridges earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan school of music and her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Bridges is also a recipient of multiple prizes, among which the prestigious Sphinx Medal Excellence Award in 2018, the Richard Tucker Career Grant and the first prize on the Francisco Viñas International Competition in 2016, the first prize on the Gerda Lissner Competition in 2015 and the Sullivan Foundation Award in 2013.