J'Nai Bridges

— Mezzo-Soprano

“Her voice is a rich blanket of plush sound, capacious and flexible, with a panoply of colors and weights, and as she demonstrated from the start, she’s not afraid of doing nothing.”
Opera News

"Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, who last month brought such fervent expression to the “Lamentations” movement of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”) at Ravinia, proved still more striking on this occasion. True, “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” allows a singer considerable dramatic license to dial up romantic heat as the sensuous seductress of Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Dalila.” But even if Bridges hadn’t been wearing an iridescent sleeveless gown, even if she didn’t exude radiant beauty before singing a note, even if your eyes had been shut from first phrase note to last, there was no resisting the vocal sensuality of this performance. The fullness and tonal depth of Bridges’ upper notes, the husky quality of her low ones and the sheer lusciousness of her legato lines gave the evening its first thrilling high point."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges sang Josefa Segovia with glowering intensity and a beautiful dark tone."
Lisa Hirsch, San Francisco Classical Voice

"Bridges seduced the entire audience with a powerful performance characterized by a rich, earthy sound and admirable legato."
M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald


American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News) is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation.

In the current season, Ms. Bridges makes both her role and house debuts as Preziosilla in La forza del destino with Opernhaus Zürich under the baton of Fabio Luisi. In a return to San Francisco Opera, she creates the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, directed by Peter Sellars. On the . . .

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