J’Nai Bridges Multitasks in Her Debut as Carmen

Carmen is tough. So is mezzo J’Nai Bridges.

Imagine the two becoming one on the War Memorial stage on June 5, when Bridges, 32, makes her role debut as La Carmencita, whom she regards as someone “many women strive to be more like and is now being seen as a symbol of universal womanhood. She wants to live free and be unbridled in every sense of the word.”

S.F. Opera’s advertising agrees: “She swore to live free and die free,” adding a potential spoiler, referring to Don José: “He made sure she got her wish.”

“I call this role the Beyoncé role of opera because one must be able to sing and dance at the same time, which is much harder than it looks.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

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