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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.

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“Heroic lyricism and passion” as “the ideal Pinkerton” in Royal Opera debut

“Brian Jagde packs character into Pinkerton in this thoughtful revival of Puccini’s opera . . . Pinkerton, too, made an unusually strong impression, performed by American tenor Brian Jagde. New to the Royal Opera, his resplendent singing, with a real ring to the top of his voice, gave his anti-romantic lead personality, while his final (and literal) running […]

22 March, 2015

PBO

Palm Beach Opera debut in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

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

Mondavi-Center

Debut Solo Recital at the Mondavi Center

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

In The Press

Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ in Valencia

“Brian Jagde exhibió un bello timbre y buen gusto en su papel de Ismaele, del que hay que lamentar que sea tan breve.”
Manuel Muñoz – CulturPlaza

[“Brian Jagde exhibited a beautiful timbre and good taste in the role of Ismaele, which is regrettable that it is so brief.”]

“En esta obra, el tenor, en el personaje de Ismaele, tiene menos protagonismo de lo habitual. Brian Jagde, no se lució especialmente por falta de un aria que se lo permita, pero su voz se escuchó firme en las escenas en las que hacía acto de presencia.”
Notas de Paso de Miguel

[“In this work, the tenor, in the character of Ismaele, has less prominence than usual. Brian Jagde, is not singled out due to the lack of an aria, but his voice sounded firm in scenes that he made an appearance.”]

“En cuanto a Brian Jagde, cantó con brio . . .”
Rosa Sola – El País

[“As for Brian Jagde, he sang with verve . . .”]

“También cumplieron eficazmente Varduhi Abrahamyan, como Fenena, la hija de Nabucco y fiel compañera del cónsul hebreo Ismael; y Brian Jagde, como Ismael.”
Radio Intereconomía

[“Roles were also portrayed effectively by Varduhi Abrahamyan as Fenena, Nabucco’s daughter and faithful companion of Ismael consul Hebrew; and Brian Jagde, as Ishmael.”]

“La soprano, el tenor y el bajo coinciderion en la posesión de bellos medios.”
Alfredo Brotons Muñoz – Levante EMV

[“The soprano, the tenor and the bass were all in possession of beautiful means/voices.”]

“Heroic lyricism and passion” as “the ideal Pinkerton” in Royal Opera debut

Brian Jagde packs character into Pinkerton in this thoughtful revival of Puccini’s opera . . . Pinkerton, too, made an unusually strong impression, performed by American tenor Brian Jagde. New to the Royal Opera, his resplendent singing, with a real ring to the top of his voice, gave his anti-romantic lead personality, while his final (and literal) running away from his responsibilities provided an unforgettable image.”
George Hall – The Guardian

Brian Jagde, on an exciting house debut, is the ideal Pinkerton. His voice sustains a lyrical beauty across its rangehowever forceful the orchestral swell beneath it, while as an acting presence he suggests coltish arousal at the prospect of a play-marriage with his exotic young victim.”
Mark Valencia – WhatsOnStage

For once, Cio-Cio-San had a Pinkerton worth throwing herself away for. The American tenor Brian Jagde (making his Royal Opera debut) rightly dominated the first Act. To go with his good looks, Jagde’s voice has the heroic lyricism and passion that suits Pinkerton’s reckless seductiveness, and its occasional hard edge . . . was a brilliant expression of Pinkerton’s lacerating arrogance.”
Peter Reed – Classical Source

“The high drama of Opolais’s interpretation is complemented by Nicola Luisotti’s forceful, febrile conducting and Brian Jagde’s unusually sympathetic Pinkerton, a plausible American jock who imbues “Addio fiorito asil” with aching remorse.”
Rupert Christiansen – The Telegraph

“ . . . the young, handsome American tenor Brian Jagde making an auspicious house debut as Pinkerton. His voice is powerful and even throughout the range, he produced some thrilling singing where necessary and cut an unusually sympathetic figure on stage in what is a pretty thankless role. I hope we hear a lot more of him . . .”
Keith McDonnell – musicOMH

A “radiant” and “glorious” recital debut at the Mondavi Center

“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.

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