The Kennedy Center

Janai Brugger

Janai Brugger in Recital (2016 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner)

Thursday, September 8, 2016 7:30 PM

Washington National Opera

Gifted young soprano Janai Brugger, recently named by Opera News as one of its top 25 "brilliant young artists," performs in recital after winning this Kennedy Center award named after the groundbreaking African American contralto.

Search for Current Events



Last fall, gifted soprano Janai Brugger offered a stunning turn as Micaëla in Washington National Opera's production of Carmen. Soon after, she was named one of Opera News' top 25 "brilliant young artists" and joined The Metropolitan Opera for its Rising Stars concert series. Janai's skyrocketing career has also led her to portray Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute (Royal Opera House), Liu in Wagner's Turandot (The Met), and Musetta in Puccini's La bohème (Los Angeles Opera). 

Following her Kennedy Center recital debut, this Chicago native returns to The Met to revive her roles of Pamina and Micaëla, as well as star as Jemmy in Rossini's Guillaume Tell. Catch her in this intimate concert so you can say "I knew her when!"

About the Marian Anderson Vocal Award

Named after the groundbreaking African American contralto, the Kennedy Center's Marian Anderson Vocal Award recognizes a young American singer in opera, oratorio, or recital repertory with outstanding promise for a significant career. Now given on an annual basis, the award offers a cash prize, a residency at Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and a recital co-presented by WNO and the Kennedy Center's Fortas Chamber Music Series. Prior recipients include Denyce Graves, Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, and many others.

Performance Timing: TBA