J'Nai Bridges

November 09, 2023, 7:30 PM
Camp Concert Hall

Adult $50/40/30 | Non-UR Student/Youth $10 | UR Student $5

J’Nai Bridges is known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times) and “calmly commanding stage presence” (The New Yorker). She is one of the most sought-after singers of her generation, appearing on the world’s top opera and concert stages. Sponsored in partnership with the UR Department of Music, this performance distills the essential beauty of opera to delight seasoned fans and new lovers of the genre alike.

In conjunction with the UR Department of Music, J'Nai Bridges will offer a master class on Friday, November 10, 2023 in the Camp Concert Hall (time TBD). The class is open to the public.

Bridges is a recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, including the 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, and was a winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International competition. During the pandemic, she emerged as a leading figure in conversations on racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera, which drew international acclaim as a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times).

A native of Tacoma, WA, she earned her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

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Program (subject to change):
Selected songs by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Dein blaues Auges, Op. 59, No. 8 (1870-1873)
Die Mainacht, Op. 43, No. 2 (1857–1864)
Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43, No. 1 (1857)
Shéhérazade (1903) by Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
     La flûte enchantée

Siete canciones populares españolas (1914-15) by Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)
     El paño moruno
     Seguidilla murciana

Cantata for voice and piano (1964) by John Carter (1932 – 1981)

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