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Brian Jagde sings "Ma se m'e forza perderti" from Ballo

Brian Jagde sings "Ma se m'e forza perderti" from Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Recorded at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on November 30, 2012.



Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ in Valencia, Spain

Brian Jagde will make his debut (house and role) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia next spring, as Ismaele in Verdi’s majestic work Nabucco. Mr. Jagde joins an internationally renowned cast for these performances, including Dimitri Platanias in the title role and Varduhi Abrahamyan as Fenema, with San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola […]

10 September, 2014


‘Opera in the Park’ in San Francisco

Brian Jagde and several principal artists from San Francisco Opera’s 2014/15 season joined Maestro Nicola Luisotti and the SFOpera Orchestra for the annual ‘Opera in the Park’ concert, on September 7 in Golden Gate Park. He closed the program with what SFGate called: ‘a ripping account of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” The crowd roared its […]

9 September, 2014


2014/2015 Season Announcement

Following a top prize win at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary competition and a series of critically lauded performances as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at San Francisco Opera, Brian Jagde launches the 2014/15 season with a return to San Francisco, to sing Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca (October 23 & 26 and November 1, 4 & 8). Mr. Jagde […]

17 June, 2014

In The Press

“Nessun dorma” at ‘Opera in the Park’

‘and tenor Brian Jagde . . . delivered a ripping account of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” The crowd roared its approval.’ SFGate – Joshua Kosman – 9/7/2014



Madama Butterfly, San Francisco Opera

“Jagde has emerged as first rate Puccini tenor, possessing the spinto weight expected of Pinkerton or a Cavaradossi as well as the lyrical beauty to do justice to Puccini’s richly melodic score.”
operawarhorses.com – 6/16/14

“Tenor Brian Jagde is simply a dream come true as “Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton”. His character, of course, is the ultimate cad, the definition of the Ugly American. But for the trusting Butterfly – who gives up family, social acceptance and sheds her religious convictions for the god of her husband – Jagde is the ideal package. His full lyric tenor stems from his training with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and Adler Fellows.”
Examiner.com – Sean Martinfield – 6/19/14

“Brian Jagde portrays Pinkerton in this opening scene as a typically brash young American serviceman insensitive to the foreign culture in which he finds himself. Think of GIs in Vietnam or US sailors carousing with teenage bar girls in the prostitution dens surrounding the US Naval base at Subic Bay in the Philippines. But Jagde’s boyish good looks and his robust, ringing tenor have great appeal. When he sings of Butterfly’s beauty and grace, he seems genuinely captivated by his delicate wisp of a geisha girl. There ensues Puccini’s famous love duet, sung beautifully here by Patricia Racette and Brian Jagde . . . belatedly realizing the pain he has caused, Pinkerton bids a poignant farewell to his past happiness here in the aria, “Addio fiorito asil,” robustly sung by Brian Jagde.
berkeleydailyplanet.com- James Roy MacBean – 6/27/14

“Brian Jagde offers the same frustration as his most recent SFO performance as Cavaradossi: a tenor who unleashes a gorgeous Domingoesque lirico spinto and then proceeds to disappear. (Did Puccini’s tenors have lunch breaks written into their contracts?) His wedding-night duet with Racette, “Viene la sera,” is a thing of beauty, and he projects just the right cocky charisma in Pinkerton’s “Yankee vagabond” song, “Dovunque al mondo,” to rationalize Cio-Cio-San falling for his blarney.”
operaville.blogspot.com – Michael J Vaughn – 6/28/14

“Racette is in good company on stage. Tenor Brian Jagde is perfect as Pinkerton, Cio-Cio San’s jilting lover. Jagde’s expressive voice beautifully complements Racette’s soprano and Luisotti’s lyrical orchestra. He plays Pinkerton genuinely, which serves the story well.”
theatrestorm.com – Emma Bushnell – 6/27/14

“Brian Jagde has grown from the Merola program in 2009 to an outstanding leading tenor, with a bright tone and good looks to sweep Butterfly off her feet. His voice is warm and beautiful.”
SFist.com – Cedric Westphal – 6/30/14

“Lt. Pinkerton is played by Brian Jagde with “Ken Doll” looks and a cookie-cutter operatic tenor. His highlight is in his climactic act of shamefully fleeing from confronting Cio-Cio-San.”
examiner.com – John McMullen – 6/27/14

“As the insensitive Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, Brian Jagde never goes far beyond his initial impression as a loutish cad, but his bearish physicality and handsome face make him at least a little bit more understandable. Jagde’s ringing voice pairs well in the magnificent love duet ending Act I, and he is eminently believable when he turns coward late in Act II.”
The Bay Area Reporter – Philip Campbell – 6/26/14

“The trio with Sharpless, Suzuki, and Pinkerton in Act II was exceedingly beautiful. Brian Jagde is a convincing Pinkerton and he sang well. He has a lot of volume.”
Opera Tattler – Charlise Tiee – 6/28/14

“Cio-Cio-San (Racette), falls in love with a handsome and charismatic American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton (tenor Brian Jagde) . . . This (is) Racette’s second SFO pairing with hunky Merola/Adler tenor Brian Jagde as Pinkerton and their natural ease with each other and on stage chemistry made their Act 1duet, “Bimba, Bimba, non piangere” (“Sweetheart, sweetheart, do not weep”) intensely passionate.”
ArtHound – Geneva Anderson – 7/5/2014

“I enjoyed the physical performance of [Brian Jagde] playing Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton (great name). He had a frat-boyish, carefree kind of attitude that stayed interesting to watch throughout. Too bad he’s absent for the whole middle.”
Theatre – Alex Coulombe – 6/25/14

“Tenor Brian Jagde gave an ardent and often moving performance as the faithless Pinkerton; if his singing was a bit constricted in the opening scenes, he recovered for the love duet and for an expansive and wrenching account of the final “Addio, fiorito asil,” Pinkerton’s surge of remorse.”
SFGate.com – Joshua Kosman – 6/16/14

Arabella, The Metropolitan Opera

“ … Brian Jagde brandished a big, muscular tenor as Elemer, most attractive of Arabella’s beaux.”
Observer.com – James Jorden – 4/8/2014

” … Brian Jagde is volubly enthusiastic as Elemer, one of Arabella’s young admirers, in his first performance here.”
HuffingtonPost.com – Wilborn Hampton – 4/4/2014

“Mr. Brian Jagde who portrayed Count Elemer was pleasing to both the eyes and the ears…”
Parterre.com – 4/4/2014

“Brian Jagde had a more finessed tenor as Count Elemer, especially in his mid-voice”
Latinos Post – David Salazar – 4/14/14

“A special mention has to be made to tenor Brian Jagde, who sang Count Elemer. He immediately stood out from the trio of Arabella’s suitors thanks to his handsome stage presence and, most of all, of his gorgeous voice. He has trumpet-like, ringing high notes that reverberated in the auditorium.”
OperaClick.com – Ingrid Haas – 4/7/14

VIDEO: Tosca Act 1 Cavaradossi’s Aria

Soon the dashing painter Cavaradossi enters to work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene based on a likeness of Angelotti's sister, the Marchesa Attavanti. Cavaradossi compares her fair beauty to that of his darker lover, the charismatic diva Floria Tosca ("Recondita armonia"). More videos