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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.


Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera debut

Brian Jagde makes his house debut at The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, April 3 as Count Elemer in the Otto Schenk production of Richard Strauss’ Arabella. Mr. Jagde previously performed the role to rave reviews in 2012 at Santa Fe Opera, and sang the role of Matteo in Arabella at Minnesota Opera in 2013. Additional […]

3 April, 2014


2013/14 Season Preview

This season, Mr. Jagde debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Count Elemer in Arabella, at Opéra de Limoges as Don José in Carmen and at the Opera San Antonio in Dvořák’s Rusalka. He also returns to San Francisco Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, reprises the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca and joins the Orlando Philharmonic as Alfredo in La traviata.

15 December, 2013


Don José at Opéra de Limoges

Brian Jagde will reprise one of his signature roles as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Opéra de Limoges in January.  Performances will be held on January 1, 3, 5, and 7 and will feature staging by Frédéric Roels and musical direction by Robert Tuohy.  Mr. Jagde’s cast members include Annalisa Stroppa, Renaud Delaigue, Karen Vourc’h, Thomas […]

10 December, 2013

In The Press

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

Rusalka, San Antonio Opera

“Rusalka, a water nymph, seeks to become human to pursue her love of the prince, sung admirably by tenor Brian Jagde.”
San Antonio Express News – David Hendricks – 2/1/14

“Mr. Jagde’s warm, satin-smooth core voice was lovely, but he also showed some dramatic possibilities at full voice, when a steely edge and a shower of bright overtones emerged… this clearly is a tenor worth watching.”
Incidentlight.com - Mike Greenberg – 2/3/14

Carmen, Opéra de Limoges

“Ce sont d’ailleurs les mânes d’Enée qui transparaissent dans le Don José de Brian Jagde. Heldentenor au grain wagnérien et straussien, il confère au rôle, par son émission généreuse…  Il sait tirer profit de son timbre inté- ressant, riche en nuances, et appartient à la catégorie des trop rares solistes qui maîtrisent le chant en voix mixte, donnant aux airs du personnage la densité musicale et émotionnelle qui leur reviennent de droit.”
ConcertoNet.com - Gilles Charlassier  1/1/14

["There are also the spirits of Aeneas that are reflected through the Don José of Brian Jagde. The heldentenor with a grain of Wagnerian and Straussian (color) gives this role its generous expression... He knows how to capitalize on his interesting timbre, rich in nuances, and belongs to the category of too few soloists who have mastered singing in mixed voice, rightfully giving the airs of the character musical density and emotion.”]

“Le Don José de Brian Jagde, ténor américain puissant et égal, séduit par sa ligne vocale et ses phrasés soignés, qui lui permettent de faire passer une émotion véritable dans ses déchirements, comme dans le célèbre air « La fleur que tu m’avais jeté » (qu’il conclut diminuendo, en voix de tête), ou encore la dernière scène, un modèle d’intensité dramatique.”
Opera-Online.com – Emmanuel Andrieu – 1/7/2014

["The Don José of American tenor, Brian Jagde, was powerful and even, seducing with his vocal line and cared for phrasing, allowing it to demonstrate a real emotion in his anguish, as in the famous aria “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” (which he concludes diminuendo in floated head voice), or even the last scene, a model of dramatic intensity."]

“Pour Brian Jagde, le probème n’est pas le même: On sent le ténor Américain, bien jeune lui aussi, armé pour aborder les grands emplois Wagnériens ou Samson. Aigus vaillants, sens des nuances, en font un Don José fort valable…”
Opéra Magazine – Pierre Cadars – 2/1/14

["The case isn't the same with Brian Jagde: We can feel that the American tenor, who is also young, is ready for the big Wagner roles and roles like Samson.  Heroic top notes, sense of phrasing and nuance, make for a valuable Don José..."]

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