J’Nai Bridges getting pumped up for starring turn in SF Opera’s ‘Carmen’

[Francesca] Zambello, who runs Glimmerglass and directed Bridges’ Carmen there and now here, said the mezzo “has what I call the ‘it factor’ – which makes an audience lean forward instead of leaning back.” Ticking off Bridges’ assets – “the voice, sophistication, an inner creativity and willingness to work hard” – Zambello said they all serve the role. “Carmen is a sophisticated woman in the sense of being clever and having street savvy. You have to be both smart and intuitive to play her. That’s J’Nai.”

“I’m so ready for this,” said J’Nai Bridges, the American mezzo-soprano who is taking on the tempestuous title role in San Francisco Opera’s upcoming “Carmen.” Several hours later, the singer proved her point.

San Francisco Chronicle

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