Next season, Brian Jagde will make his house debut at Palm Beach Opera as Bacchus in Strauss’ sumptuous and spellbinding work, Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Jagde is joined by a thrilling cast, including Wendy Bryn Harmer in the title role and Irene Roberts as the Komponist, in a production directed by Daniel Witzke. Maestro Andreas […]
10 February, 2015
Brian Jagde will make his solo recital debut on February 18 in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, located on the campus of the University of California, Davis. Mr. Jagde is joined by acclaimed pianist Craig Terry, Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, for this performance. The program […]
7 February, 2015
Next season, Brian Jagde will make his house debut at Houston Grand Opera as the Prince in Dvořák’s enchanting fairy tale, Rusalka. Mr. Jagde previously sang the role “admirably” and with a “shower of bright overtones” at Opera San Antonio. He is joined by soprano Ana María Martinez in the title role, baritone Richard Paul […]
30 January, 2015
“It was not long ago – October 2013, as matter of fact – when American tenor Brian Jagde made his first appearance on the Mondavi stage. At the time, he was one of several singers in a concert billed as the “Rising Stars of Opera.” Flash forward two years, and Jagde is on the same stage, this time in a recital all his own. In that time, Jagde has established himself in the opera world. This past January, he stepped in at the last minute to play Cavaradossi in a Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Tosca, when Ukrainian tenor Misha Didyk backed out. Jagde had only 12 days to prepare, yet performed the role to positive reviews.
His debut appearance at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis Wednesday evening suggests Jagde is more than just a rising star. He’s a singer whose time has come. And a gamer to boot.
It would be hard to imagine a tenor making a bolder, more impressive debut than Jagde did Wednesday, delivering a demanding repertoire over the course of an hour-and-a-half performance . . . There is nothing more exciting than seeing a performer whose career and voice are on a steep uptick, as is the case right now with Jagde. He’s in that zone where he can do no wrong. At Mondavi he possessed a stage presence that was at once relaxed but thoroughly confident. His voice was radiant and warm.
“A substitute at Lyric Opera’s Tosca is a revelation . . . On January 12, Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Misha Didyk, the Ukrainian tenor scheduled for the leading role of Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca had dropped out of the production “for personal reasons.” Opening night was just 12 days away. But a replacement had been found: a rising young American tenor, Brian Jagde (it’s pronounced Jade), would be stepping in, making his Lyric debut. In the announcement, Freud thanked the Portland Opera for releasing Jagde from a conflicting engagement there . . .
Not to worry! In a revelation to an audience who hadn’t heard him before, Jagde and his Tosca, Russian soprano Tatiana Serjan, also in her Lyric Opera debut, delivered standout performances. (No surprise about Serjan for those who’d heard her in CSO’s concert version of Verdi’s Macbeth, conducted by Riccardo Muti last season.) The abrupt departure from plan resulted in an inspired pairing: two wonderful acting singers with the extraordinary voices that make for opera legend.”
Deanna Isaacs – Chicago Reader
“Puccini’s score for “Tosca” is chock-full of thrilling moments . . . In Lyric’s production, the less familiar music of Act I is enlightened by soprano Tatiana Serjan’s Tosca and tenor Brian Jagde’s Cavaradossi. They chase each other up and down scaffolding, play-fighting like children, and then suddenly confessing love that cannot be moved. Both are attractive, consummate actors, and bring a freshness to their portrayals . . . His voice’s chiaroscuro (the balance of lightness and darkness) and a razor-sharp focus awarded his Lyric debut with thunderous applause; Jagde seems the new Richard Tucker . . . Jagde alone is reason to attend.“
New City Stage
“Undertaking Richard Strauss’ Salome (Jan. 8) as its first large-scale fully-staged production, the fledgling Opera San Antonio demonstrated impressive musical muscle . . . Brian Jagde’s stirring Narraboth and Renée Rapier’s lustrous Page were pleasurable . . .”
Mike Greenberg – Opera News
“Narraboth has a brief part, but Brian Jagde brought a clarion voice and convincing acting to the role of the captain obsessed beyond all reason with (who else?) Salome.”
Diane Windeler – Classical Voice North America
“Tenor Brian Jagde was solid in his short-lived role as Salome’s would-be lover . . .”
David Hendricks – San Antonio Express-News
“Brian Jagde makes for an earnest Naraboth . . .”
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs – TheaterJones