American soprano Janai Brugger makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, singing Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).
Brugger was born in Chicago and studied at DePaul University and with mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett at the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program 2010–12, singing such roles as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La bohème) and covering the Governess (The Turn of the Screw). In 2012 she won Operalia and was a winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Brugger’s operatic appearances since include Helena (The Enchanted Island) and Liù (Turandot) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Liù for Hawaii Opera Theatre, Micaëla (Carmen) for Opera Colorado, High Priestess (Aida) at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) for Palm Beach Opera and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La bohème) and Pamina for Los Angeles Opera.