Lyric Opera of Chicago’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, will receive an on-air and online broadcast via WFMT on July 11 at 12pm CST. The production also features Tatiana Serjan in the title role and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia, with Dmitri Jurowski leading the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Mr. Jagde received high praise from critics for […]
29 June, 2015
The 2014 broadcast of San Francisco Opera’s production of Tosca, featuring Brian Jagde as Mario Cavaradossi, will be broadcast over the air on KDFC Radio and streamed via KDFC.com on Sunday, June 7 at 8pm PST. The performance also features Lianna Haroutounian as Floria Tosca and Mark Delavan as Baron Scarpia, with Riccardo Frizza leading the San […]
1 June, 2015
“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
“American tenor Brian Jadge left a very good impression. His voice is attractive and very well suited to Ismaele.”
José M. Irurzun – Seen and Heard International
“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
“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 range, however 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
“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.