Winner of Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia vocal competition in Beijing and winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, both in 2012, American soprano, JANAI BRUGGER, made her debut as Liu in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera. She appeared with Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel as High Priestess Aida in performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
Recent successes include the artist’s appearance at Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon as First Lady Die Zauberflöte. As a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Ms Brugger’s Los Angeles Opera appearances include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Placido Domingo, Page Rigoletto with James Conlon, and Musetta La Bohème with Patrick Summers. Cover assignments included the roles of Mrs Neruda Il Postino, Governess The Turn of the Screw, and Juliette Roméo et Juliette, a role in which she made her debut in a special appearance at Palm Beach Opera in 2010.
Other roles in the artist’s repertoire include Ilia Idomeneo and Tatiana Eugene Onegin.
A native of Chicago, the artist obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Shirley Verrett. She won her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University where she studied with Elsa Charlston. In 2007, she appeared with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall in “The Song Continues”. Ms Brugger appeared as Adina Elixir of Love with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their ‘Opera in the Neighborhoods’ program and in 2010, she participated in The Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera, performing scenes from Massenet’s Werther and Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor.
Her future engagements include Pamina Die Zauberflöte at Los Angeles Opera and Covent Garden, Michaela Carmen at Opera Colorado and at Washington National Opera and Helena The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera of New York.