A winner of Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia Voice Competition and of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, both in 2012, American soprano,Janai Brugger, begins the 2013-14 Season as Liu in Turandot at Hawaii Opera Theatre. She returns to the Los Angeles Opera to make her debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and in the Spring she continues to The Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of Helena in The Enchanted Island. Later in Ms. Brugger makes her debut in Denver as Michaela in Carmen with Opera Colorado.
Last season the artist’s appearances included Liu at The Metropolitan Opera in the Zefferelli production of Turandot; she travelled to Prague to appear in concert at the Peter Dvorsky Festival; she appeared in the May Festival with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as the High Priestess in Aida in performances at the Hollywood Bowl. A favourite on the concert platform, she also sang at the Grant Park Festival’s Fourth of July open air concert in front of 10,000 people, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra in their 2013 gala concert performance.
Recent successes include the artist’s appearance at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon as the First Lady Die Zauberflöte. As a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Ms. Brugger’s Los Angeles Opera appearances include Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Plácido Domingo, the Page in Rigoletto with James Conlon, and as Musetta in La Bohème with Patrick Summers. Cover assignments included the roles of Mrs. Neruda in Il Postino, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, a role in which she made her debut in a special appearance at Palm Beach Opera in 2010.
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 in 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.
Upcoming performances will include her Covent Garden debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in February and March of 2015 and her Washington National Opera debut as Michaela in Carmen in the fall of 2015.