In Conversation: Janai Brugger



Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)

Internationally recognized American soprano Janai Brugger will have a candid, informal talk on life, music and the future of her field with the Tanglewood Learning Institute. The TLI will welcome conductors, composers, soloists and other artists this summer to share their work and their lives.

Brugger, the 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, made her television debut last season when she sang a specially-written requiem composed by Laura Karpman for an episode of HBO’s renowned ‘Lovecraft Country.’ She returned to Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and revived a favourite role, Pamina Die Zauberflote for performances at Palm Beach Opera’s first Outdoor Opera Festival.

More recently she appeared as Michaela Carmen at Cincinnati Opera and returned to Dutch National Opera for their acclaimed Missa in tempore Belli (Haydn) conducted by Lorenzo Viotti and directed by Barbora Horáková.

In a recent season, she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Clara in their celebrated new production of Porgy and Bess, in which she’d previously appeared at Dutch National Opera. At Lyric Opera of Chicago she sang the role of Ilia Idomeneo and at Cincinnati Opera she appeared as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro.

In her artistic home at Los Angeles Opera, she sang the role of Servilia La Clemenza di Tito, a role she previously sang at Dutch National Opera. Miss Brugger travelled to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for revival performances of Pamina Die Zauberflöte and sang the role of Liù Turandot at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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