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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.



Italian Debut as Don José at the Teatro di San Carlo

This winter, Brian Jagde debuts in Italy at Napoli’s Teatro di San Carlo in one of his signature roles, Don José in Bizet’s smoldering classic, Carmen. This new production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, opens the San Carlo’s 15-16 season. Acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Orchestra and Coro e Coro di Voci Bianche del […]

23 October, 2015


Role debut as The Tenor/Bacchus in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

This month, Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated role debut as The Tenor/Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, opening Minnesota Opera’s 2015/16 season. Mr. Jagde sang the role of Matteo in Arabella with the company in 2013, to wide critical acclaim: Brian Jagde’s strapping Matteo is the very model of tenorial ardor; his instrument could fill several Ordways. […]

26 September, 2015

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‘Madame Butterfly’ – archived broadcast to air on radio stations nationwide

Enjoy an archived broadcast via PRX.org of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly from San Francisco Opera (2014) featuring Brian Jagde as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. The broadcast will also be on the air and streamed live via several classical radio stations across the country throughout the week, including NEPR and WFMT (9/5) as well as WBJC (9/12). This production boasts an incredible cast, including Patricia […]

4 September, 2015

In The Press

A “stupendous” debut as Bacchus in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

“Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” an elusive opera-within-an-opera that attempts to fuse the frivolous and the heroic while making cruel demands on its principal singers, was an intriguing choice to open Minnesota Opera’s 53rd season.

And it turned out to be a wise choice, judging by the engaging, occasionally hilarious and, in its final moments, sublime . . . This is Ariadne’s great duet with Bacchus, a scene that the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham called the finest music that Strauss ever wrote. Many tenors have fallen short singing this difficult music, but not Brian Jagde who sang Bacchus Saturday night with stupendous stamina, tonal heft and affecting lyricism.”

Michael Anthony – Star Tribune

“All the performers came across marvelously well . . . Brian Jagde as the tenor sings with godlike gusto as Ariadne’s would-be lover Bacchus.”

William Fietzer – Examiner.com

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, last seen at Santa Fe as Cavaradossi, sang the small role of Narraboth with exhilarating conviction.”
Simon Williams – Opera News

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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VIDEO: San Francisco Opera – ‘Tosca’ Preview

Puccini's masterful melodrama is a sexually charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller, in which a great singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. The cast stars Brian Jagde, Patricia Racette, and Mark Delavan. More videos