Janai Brugger

Amerian soprano, Janai Brugger, a 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, begins the 2019-20 seaon in the role of Clara ‘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 & 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.

Previous highlights saw the artist return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for revival performances of Pamina in ’Die Zauberflöte’. She revived the role of Liù in ’Turandot’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at Palm Beach Opera made her debut in the role of Susanna. At Dutch National Opera she performed the role of Servillia.

The proud recipient of the 2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award, Miss Brugger appears frequently in concert and in recital; she sang at the Peter Dvorsky Festival in the Czech Republic; with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the May Festival and at Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra as First Lady ’Die Zauberflöte’ both under the baton of James Conlon; at Grant Park Festival’s Fourth of July open air concert before 10,000 people, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in their 2013 gala concert performance.

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 2010, Miss Brugger participated in The Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and went onto become a young artist at Los Angeles Opera for two seasons.

Janai Brugger beim Beethovenfest





8:00 pm

The Ninth

  • Janai Brugger soprano
  • Elisabeth Kulman mezzo soprano
  • Sebastian Kohlhepp tenor
  • Michael Nagy bass baritone
  • musicAeterna Chorus
  • musicAeterna Orchestra
  • Teodor Currentzis conductor
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven