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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.



Teatro Massimo Debut in 2016 – ‘Madama Butterfly’

Next season, Brian Jagde makes his debut in Sicily at Palermo’s famed Teatro Massimo, as Lt. Pinkerton in a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – September 16, 18, 21 & 24, 2016. This has become a signature role for Mr. Jagde, who has been heralded as “the ideal Pinkerton” and a “first rate Puccini tenor” in […]

23 July, 2015


2015/16 Season Announcement

This season, Brian Jagde makes house debuts at Houston Grand Opera as the Prince in Rusalka (1/29 & 31 and 2/6, 9 & 12) and Palm Beach Opera, as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos (3/18 & 20). He sings Don José in return engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (4/16, 22 & 24) and San Francisco Opera, in the United States […]

21 July, 2015


‘Salome’ at Santa Fe Opera

Following his “heroic” debut in 2012 as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Brian Jagde returns to Santa Fe Opera this summer as Narraboth in a new production of Strauss’ Salome. Mr. Jagde previously performed the role with “clarion voice and convincing acting” earlier this season at Opera San Antonio. Salome performances take place July 18, 22 & 31 and August 6, […]

16 July, 2015

In The Press

An “ardently” sung Narraboth in ‘Salome’ at Santa Fe Opera

The ardent, healthy-voiced tenor Brian Jagde was wonderful in the minor role of Narraboth.”
Zachary Woolfe – The New York Times

Brian Jagde was luxury casting as Narraboth, a role that could easily have been assigned to one of SFO’s excellent young artists. Mr. Jagde has been singing Puccini heroes of late, and he brought that same full-throated vocal approach to the young Syrian soldier.”
James Sohre – Opera Today

Brian Jagde’s James King-like Narraboth bespoke luxury casting.”
David Shengold – Gay City News

” . . . tenor Brian Jagde’s clarion voice made his performance as the sensitive Narraboth, the captain of the guard who kills himself over his unrequited love for Salome, even more poignant.”
Charles T. Downey – The Classical Review

Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ in Valencia

“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.”
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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 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

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