Amerian soprano, Janai Brugger, a 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, begins the 2019–20 season in the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, a role she also sings at Washington National Opera later in the season. The artist travels to Michigan for performances of Mahler 4 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra before joining the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall to sing Elgar’s The Kingdom. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra she performs in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Gloria, and Sanctus from Mass in C. She then joins musicAeterna on tour in Germany and Austria for performances of Ninth Symphony. At Cincinnati Opera she performs in the premier of new opera, Castor and Patience, by Gregory Spears in the role of Wilhemina.
Last season saw her return to Grant Park Music Festival in performances of Haydn’s Theresienmesse. She sang Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and made her Salzburg Festival debut in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with musicAeterna conducted by Teodor Currentzis. At Lyric Opera of Chicago she sang the role of Ilia in Idomeneo and joined Dutch National Opera for Clara in Porgy and Bess, a role she also sang at Cincinnati Opera alongside performances as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. In her artistic home at Los Angeles Opera, the artist appeared in the role of Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito.