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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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Brian Jagde is “a revelation” as Cavaradossi in ‘Tosca’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

“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. […]

26 January, 2015

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House debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in ‘Tosca’

Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago this month as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, a role he has performed to great acclaim in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Berlin. This production is new to the Lyric stage, and also features soprano Tatiana Serjan as Floria Tosca, Evgeny Nikitin as […]

23 January, 2015

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Role debut with Opera San Antonio in ‘Salome’

This month, Brian Jagde makes his role debut as Narraboth, the ill-fated Captain of the Guard, in Strauss’ scandalous and spectacular work Salome with Opera San Antonio. These will be the first fully staged opera presentations in the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center, San Antonio’s newest performing arts venue. Jagde is joined by a world-class […]

5 January, 2015

In The Press

Brian Jagde is “a revelation” as Cavaradossi in ‘Tosca’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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

“And he’s handsome too!” exclaimed one captivated female patron of Brian Jagde at intermission. The American tenor was pressed into service to make his Lyric debut two weeks ago . . .

With an ample voice, natural acting style and likable stage presence, Jagde made an impressive house debut. He delivered an ardent and impassioned “Recondita armonia,” clarion cries of “Vittoria!” in Act 2 and an impassioned “E lucevan e’ stelle.” The staging of Act 3 seemed a bit uncertain in places yet Jagde showed fine chemistry with Serjan and made the lovers’ plight credible and gripping.”
Lawrence A. Johnson – Chicago Classical Review

From the start, the dashing Brian Jagde (Mario) steals the audience’s hearts with his soulful aria reflection, Recondita armonia. Jagde and Tatiana Serjan (Tosca) perfectly illustrate artists and lovers. When Jagde paints another woman’s image as the Madonna, Serjan teasingly and forcefully tells him to correct it. They have the familiarity and playfulness of an established relationship. And still their sensuality fills the stage with passion. Their duet, Amaro sol per te m’era morire, has the sweet me-and-you-against-the-world innocence. The ending is unforgettable . . . In particular TOSCA boasts one of my favorite Puccini arias, Recondita armonia. And Jagde’s rendition is swoon-worthy.”
The Fourth Walsh

“Brian Jagde’s Cavaradossi is Serjan’s equal both vocally and dramatically. Making his Lyric debut, the American tenor declares his love for Tosca in his opening aria, unleashing his supple, warm-toned tenor in a passionate outpouring that set the audience cheering. Handsome and fit, he is a lover worthy of a diva’s devotion.”
Wynne Delacoma – Chicago Sun-Times

“She was handsomely matched, in terms of chemistry and spirit as well as vocal prowess, by American tenor Brian Jagde, also making his Lyric debut, as the painter and resistance activist Cavaradossi. His huge, supple sound, in the first act’s “Recondita armonia” and the last act’s “E lucevan le stelle,” flashed through auditorium as if from no effort at all. From the early scene of Cavaradossi’s light-hearted sparring with the suspicious Tosca to their final moments before his execution, Jagde shaped the mature and satisfying figure of a man genuinely in love and politically committed.”
Lawrence B. Johnson – Chicago on the aisle

An ardent, handsome Cavaradossi, Jagde easily mustered a flood of powerful, clarion tone . . .”
John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune

Brian Jagde, the American tenor making his Lyric debut, no doubt the fan favorite by the end of the evening, has an ample, ringing voice . . .”
Adam Dahlgren – Splash Magazines (Chicago)

A “stirring” role debut as Narraboth in ‘Salome’ at Opera San Antonio

“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

A “magnificent” and “passionate” ‘Tosca’ at San Francisco Opera

Brian Jagde returned to the role of Cavaradossi this fall (last seen at San Francisco Opera in 2012) to spectacular reviews:

“The San Francisco Opera is batting a thousand where young singers are concerned this season . . . it’s hard to deny that the headliner and crowd favorite was Brian Jagde, an American lirico-spinto who can’t be more than thirty-two and who’s still singing a fair amount in smaller houses (who will soon be unable to get their mitts on him soon, by the look of things.) Jagde is a handsome guy and has an unfussy, comfortable stage comportment. More to the point, he’s vocally in the clover as Cavaradossi.

“Recondita armonia” strikes me as a particular kind of gift to tenors—it sits high, but it’s short, and someone else is muttering along while you build up to the B-flat, and the melody lets you make a money note of the G if you’re not feeling it quite that early in the evening. Jagde made the most of it. Much as I’ve enjoyed hearing veterans belt the thing over the years, it was refreshing to the point of mild disorientation to hear such a tight and youthful sound lavished on it . . . it’s a voice that, while sleek, fills the house most gratifyingly. He could not have more effectively signed up a fan base had he opted for “You’re Gonna Love Me” as a suitcase aria, and the rest of the evening made good on early promise.”
Greg Freed – parterre.com

“A great match for the celebrated soprano is tenor Brian Jagde as Mario Cavaradossi, with his remarkably good looks, commanding stage presence, dramatic talent, and the most amazing voice – so powerful and effortless – it gives a listener a special kind of satisfaction when one knows that nothing could go wrong, and the enjoyment will sustain to the very last note, and beyond!”
Emma Krasov – Art and Entertain Me

“The real star—do not miss him—is tenor Brian Jagde. He is magnificent.”
Kevin Sessums – dot429.com

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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