J’Nai Bridges, Brenda Rae & The Six Exciting Debuts Of the Met Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By David Salazar

One of the most exciting aspects of a new season is the fact that audiences will get an opportunity to encounter new and exciting artists for the very first time. 

This is also the case at the Metropolitan Opera, which will feature a plethora of debuts in numerous major productions. Here is a look at six stars that we are excited to see in the coming season. 

Camila Nylund – Der Rosenkavalier

The Finnish soprano has performed everywhere and with everyone, dominating the German repertory at large. Nylund’s interpretation of the Princess is available on DVD in a performance from the Netherlands Opera. She is also a winner of the Lilli Lehmann Medal, the Christel-Goltz Prize, and the Culture Prize of Sweden. She is also a Kammersängerin of Saxony. Her belated debut at the Met in the role of the Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier” is arguably one of the Met’s major events.

Michael Spyres – La Damnation de Faust

A little over a year ago, Michael Spyres was not a household name. But then he started appearing in a number of high profile assignments around the world, most famously in the award-winning recording of “Les Troyens” for Erato. Now he appears at the Met in “La Damnation de Faust,” which should establish him as an essential tenor for the famed house. 

Brenda Rae – Agrippina

At the start of 2018-19, Brenda Rae cemented herself as a major soprano after a series of highly praised performances of “Lucia di Lammermoor “ at the Opera Philadelphia. But the soprano’s career extends far back as she has appeared in lead roles at the Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Frankfurt Opera. 

J’Nai Bridges – Ahknaten

J’Nai Bridges has already had a tremendous career. She competed in the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition before appearing with such companies as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bavarian State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Opernhaus Zürich; she was part of the world premiere cast of “The Girls of the Golden West” in San Francisco. This season, she is slated to reprise her work in “Akhnaten,” which she performed in 2016. 

Andrea Carè – Madama Butterfly 

The Italian tenor is fast becoming one of the major interpreters of spinto Italian repertory. A former student of Luciano Pavarotti, he has appeared at nearly all the major opera houses on the planet, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Royal Swedish Opera, Bolshoi Theater, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, La Fenice, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, among many others. 

Pavel Cernoch – Kat’a Kabanova

Cernoch is a tenor on the rise, conquering many of the great European houses. Now, the Czech tenor will reprise the role for which he recently earned praise at the Royal Opera House. He has also appeared at the Vienna State Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, National Theatre Prague, Opéra National de Paris, and is set for performances at the Canadian Opera Company and Salzburg Festival. 


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