Welcome to the Official Website of Lyric Tenor Brian Jagde

Carmen - Teatro San Carlo Gala Opening Night (2015)

Brian Jagde - Don José (Italian debut), María José Montiel - Carmen, Zubin Mehta - conductor

News

Brian-Jagde-class

Master Class & QnA at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Brian Jagde and soprano Ailyn Pérez will present a Master Class/QnA event for music students at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) on February 1. Both artists are currently starring in productions with Houston Grand Opera; Mr. Jagde is The Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Ms. Pérez sings the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze […]

31 January, 2016

1_88-hgo---rusalka---2016---photographer-lynn-lane-88-3000x2000

Brian Jagde makes a “magical” and “brilliant” debut in HGO’s ‘Rusalka’

“Magical debuts make the myth alive in Houston Grand Opera’s Rusalka . . . Houston Grand Opera’s presentation embodies a magical sound that is out of this world . . . Making their HGO debut, two singers bumped this singing up from solid to brilliant. From his entrance late in Act One, tenor Brian Jagde stole hearts […]

31 January, 2016

AIDA

Role debut as Radamès in new ‘Aida’ at San Francisco Opera

Next season Brian Jagde returns to San Francisco Opera, for his role debut as Radamès in Verdi’s epic masterpiece, Aida. Francesca Zambello directs this new production, featuring designs from Los Angeles-based graffiti artist RETNA. Performances take place November 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 27, & 30 and December 3 & 6, with a spectacular cast including Leah […]

12 January, 2016

In The Press

Brian Jagde makes a “magical” and “brilliant” debut in HGO’s ‘Rusalka’

“Magical debuts make the myth alive in Houston Grand Opera’s Rusalka . . . Houston Grand Opera’s presentation embodies a magical sound that is out of this world . . . Making their HGO debut, two singers bumped this singing up from solid to brilliant. From his entrance late in Act One, tenor Brian Jagde stole hearts and took no survivors as the rakish prince . . . the prince (who, let’s be honest, kind of deserves it) has the infamous expiring aria. With his head on Martínez’s lap, Jagde sang his end so sweetly, his voice still abounding with vitality and breadth, it was hard to know we wouldn’t hear him anymore.”
Sydney Boyd – Bachtrack.com

“. . . Brian Jagde, an American tenor making his HGO debut as The Prince. This is perhaps the most stunning HGO debut I’ve witnessed this year. Jagde has a big, big voice, well-controlled, and it’s safe to say that no orchestra will ever drown him out. A striking actor, he looks the part of an archetypal prince.
Theodore Bale – CultureMap Houston

“From her woodlake pool, mermaid Rusalka has seen a man (tenor Brian Jagde, making a most impressive HGO debut.) When he swims in the water, she can only embrace him as a wave. But she longs to touch him, to be one with him, to become human and have a soul . . . The final duet, as the Prince begs Rusalka for her kiss of death, is almost hymn-like in its purity and emotional intensity.

. . . it’s young Jagde, as the Prince, who’s the revelation. Broad of shoulder and oozing stage presence, he’s a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s acclaimed Merola program and is making a solid run through the international opera world in leading tenor roles in Butterfly, Carmen, Tosca, Ariadne and Bohème. His ringing tenor fills the enormous Brown Theater with effortless rich, full, masculine tone. He has something of the legendary Canadian heldentenor Jon Vickers about him, and we hope he’s been signed up for future appearances at HGO. He is one to watch . . .

Dvorák’s sublime Rusalka is opera at its most grand, intimate and ultimately shattering. A standing ovation without parallel.”
D.L. Groover – Houston Press

A “passionate” and “virile” Don José in ‘Carmen’ at the Teatro San Carlo

Brian Jagde was an excellent Don José . . . he transcended in voice and the eloquence of his acting, and offered with Montiel artistic outbursts that I will remember forever. The end of the fourth act was dramatic and heartbreaking. A José madly in love and jealous that faces the refusal of his unbridled desires. Carmen’s murder was part of a vocal and gestural culmination that imprisoned all participants in a sublime musical delirium.”

{Brian Jagde fue un don José excelente . . . a medida que pasaba la representación su inmersión en el papel trascendía en elocuencia vocal y actoral, y ofreció junto con Montiel espasmos artísticos que quedarán para el recuerdo. El final del cuarto acto fue espectacular y desgarrador. Un don José loco de amor y de celos que se enfrenta a la negativa de sus deseos desenfrenados. El asesinato de Carmen formó parte de una culminación vocal y gestual que encarceló a todos los asistentes en un delirio musical sublime.}
Francisco Quirce – Codalario

A true and exact process of psychological evolution and timbre (was shown) immediately by the Don José of Brian Jagde; The pursuit of a light color and use of falsetto in the first part up to the interaction with Carmen, an act of release, began turning over to the acquisition of his (true) identity. Most surprisingly, the American tenor used darker registers, a burnished core sound, and full voice in the upper register in the later acts. The romance “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” had a virile consistency and passionate abandonment.”

A “stupendous” debut as Bacchus in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

In a class of his own was tenor Brian Jagde (Bacchus) who . . . put his jaw-dropping instrument to stirring use; together with Wagner, he made Strauss’s apotheosis unforgettable.”
Larry Fuchsberg – Opera News

“Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” an elusive opera-within-an-opera that attempts to fuse the frivolous and the heroic while making cruel demands on its principal singers, was an intriguing choice to open Minnesota Opera’s 53rd season.

And it turned out to be a wise choice, judging by the engaging, occasionally hilarious and, in its final moments, sublime . . . This is Ariadne’s great duet with Bacchus, a scene that the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham called the finest music that Strauss ever wrote. Many tenors have fallen short singing this difficult music, but not Brian Jagde who sang Bacchus Saturday night with stupendous stamina, tonal heft and affecting lyricism.”
Michael Anthony – Star Tribune

“All the performers came across marvelously well . . . Brian Jagde as the tenor sings with godlike gusto as Ariadne’s would-be lover Bacchus.”

William Fietzer – Examiner.com

Latest Tweet

@BrianJagde

VIDEO: San Francisco Opera – ‘Tosca’ Preview

"Cavaradossi, Brian Jagde, took top honors among the alternating casts. The artist’s large, well-placed tenor sounded supple in “Recondita armonia,” virile in “Vittoria!” and tender in “E lucevan le stelle.” (Opera News) More videos