Opera star is selling sports gear

Opera star is selling sports gear


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2021

The US mezzo J’nai Bridges is the new voice of Converse.

Apparently, she once had to choose between basketball and opera.


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  • Tiredofitall says:

    Good for Ms. Bridges…about time. I don’t think I’ve seen a US opera singer in a mainstream commercial since Roberta Peters, 40 years ago or so. (Polident??)

  • John Marks says:

    Well, good for her.

    She and Ute Lemper sing on US composer David Chesky’s upcoming album “Songs for a Broken World,” due out April 23. The jacket blurb is by Gidon Kremer.

    Funny, I was just a couple of weeks ago talking on the phone with David Chesky, and he was intrigued by my assertion that, in the age of recordings (which of course leaves out the greatest US-born opera star of the 19th-c., Sissieretta Jones), African-American women have been represented in the upper reaches of Opera about 400% more than the raw population data would suggest.

    My off the top of my head list, of a couple of weeks ago:

    Marian Anderson
    Leontyne Price
    Grace Bumbry
    Shirley Verrett
    Jessye Norman
    Barbara Hendricks
    Kathleen Battle
    Denyce Graves
    J’nai Bridges

    IIRC, Miss Bridges sang at Jessye Norman’s funeral.

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  • Concerned Opera Buff says:

    Nothing wrong with endorsements. Fleming, Domingo, TeKanawa, Diego Flores all had endorsements. A singer is lucky if they can get that “gig”, especially now that jobs are scarce. Any extra money that comes in is good, although I’d rather do Rolex, since at least you get a beautiful watch. Rolex has a fabulous diamond watch and that is the one I would ask for, although you probably have to be Netrebko to get it. It costs $276,000. Years ago, L. Price, B. Sills, R. Nureyev, M. Fontaine all did Blackglama mink ads. In those years, a mink was the fur choice everyone wanted. Plus, the tag line was “What becomes a legend most,” and you got a mink coat. Anyway, if Ann Ziff, Chairman of the Met Board, can have a jewelry line, then so can everyone else.

  • yujafan says:

    talent, like water, always finds its true level eventually

  • Larry says:

    Brava to her. I just wish she was identified in the commercial so non-opera folks could learn who she is.