From: Darien, Illinois. LA Opera: Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro (2010, debut) with subsequent roles including Musetta in La Bohème (2012, 2016), Pamina in The Magic Flute (2013) and Servilia in The Clemency of Titus (2019). She is an alumna of the young artist program.
A 2012 winner of Operalia and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she recently performed Ilia in Idomeneo with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Clara in Porgy and Bess with the Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera and Cincinnati Opera, where she also performed Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.
Her Metropolitan Opera appearances have included Liu in Turandot, Helena in The Enchanted Island, Jemmy in William Tell, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Micaela in Carmen.
Her appearances for the 2020/21 season include Musetta in La Bohème with San Francisco Opera, Mimi in La Bohème with Washington National Opera, Anne Truelove in The Rake's Progress with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a return to LA Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Last season, Ms. Brugger returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for revival performances of Pamina in The Magic Flute. She revived the role of Liù in Turandot at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at Palm Beach Opera she added the role of Susanna to her repertoire, finishing the season at Dutch National Opera as Servillia.