Brian Jagde & Nadine Sierra sing the duet from Manon

Tenor Brian Jagde & soprano Nadine Sierra sing the duet ” Toi! Vous!” from Manon

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Brian Jagde: Rasante Karriere (“Rising Career”)

April 1, 2017

In February he was heard in “Adriana Lecouvreur” alongside Angela Gheorghiu at her 25-year London stage jubilee. Now the tenor presents himself for the first time to the audiences in Washington, Stuttgart and Madrid. A conversation about his path to the international stages …

— Dr. Andreas Laska, Das Opernglas

In February, you were the Maurizio at the side of the Adriana of Angela Gheorghiu at her 25-year jubilee on the London stage. How was this particular experience?

It was wonderful, an experience that is very rare. Angela is a great colleague, and having someone like her by my side was a great support for me. Actually, the whole run was a singular celebration, the audience was very enthusiastic. It even “rained” flowers at the last performance. In addition, this production by David McVicar is the best staging of the work that I can imagine. It’s not for nothing that it’s been seen at various houses around in the world.

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Brian Jagde on flawed characters and finding his voice (Bachtrack exclusive)

February 23, 2017

American tenor Brian Jagde has just made his return to the Royal Opera singing Maurizio in Sir David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur. Two of his key roles in his career so far have been Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, which he’s performed from Berlin to Munich, from San Francisco to Washington.

MP: Don José and Pinkerton are two deeply flawed characters.

BJ: Don José has been a favorite because I love the idea of digging into a character with that level of insecurity. Having been insecure myself at times when I was younger, I have revisited some of the tough lessons from my past, but of course Don José has gone a lot farther down the rabbit hole than I ever did! The idea that this man is a killer from before the opera begins implies that he is not some innocent guy who is drawn to darkness by Carmen, rather he is drawn to her because she truly sees who he is. They are both deeply flawed, and they bring out the worst in each other. He solves his problems (or tries to) through violence, and initially she loves that fire within him and likes to play with his emotions.

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Brian Jagde sings with “tonal beauty” and “passion” in role debut as Maurizio in ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at The Royal Opera

February 8, 2017

“When I interviewed Brian Jagde a year or two back he described himself modestly as “fresh off the boat”. On this showing we should be offering him UK nationality. The young American’s voice has grown in power and tonal beauty even in the short time that’s elapsed since he sang Pinkerton here. Already a prodigious instrument, it has the potential for him to become one of the great modern tenors.”

Mark Valencia – What’sOnStage

“The American tenor Brian Jagde made a terrific role debut as the hero Maurizio. He has a pliant tone, pinging accuracy, stamina, shading and an astounding ability to make the voice grow throughout a phrase. What a voice. In 2010 Jonas Kaufmann sang the role, and this month has his own residency at the Barbican. So keep your ears on Jagde.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian

“… the American tenor Brian Jagde (pronounced Jade) sported a handsome presence and beefy tenor with explosive high notes that will doubtless carry him far …”

Hugh Canning – The Times

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Debut as Maurizio in ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at the Royal Opera House

February 1, 2017

This season, Brian Jagde makes his role debut as Maurizio in Cilea’s sumptuous tragedy, Adriana Lecouvreur, February 7, 10, 17, 21, 24 & 27 and March 2 at London’s Royal Opera House. He made his critically acclaimed debut at Covent Garden in 2015 singing Lt. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Mr. Jagde sings Maurizio alongside a tremendous international cast, including soprano Angela Gheorghiu in the title role, who celebrates her 25th anniversary at the Royal Opera with these performances, Gerald Finley as Michonnet, and Ksenia Dudnikova as the Principessa di Bouillon. Soprano Hrachuhi Bassenz sings Adriana on February 21 & March 2.

Daniel Oren leads the Royal Opera House Orchestra for all dates, which feature a spectacular production by David McVicar, directed for this revival by Justin Way.

Image: Catherine Ashmore / Royal Opera House

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Critical acclaim for debut at Bayerische Staatsoper in ‘Carmen’

January 14, 2017

“Great respect! Most convincingly, his portrayal of Don José in the final act was a completely depressed man tormented by hopeless despair.”

{Großer Respekt! Am überzeugendsten war seine Gestaltung des Don José in der Endphase als völlig niedergeschlagener, von auswegloser Verzweiflung gepeinigter Mann.}

Martina Bogner – Online Merker

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The Non-Stop Debutant – Brian Jagde on Busy 2017, Verdi, Wagner & His Five House Debuts [OperaWire Exclusive]

January 4, 2017

30 performances. Seven cities. Five house debuts and two role debuts.

That is what tenor Brian Jagde faces in 2017. The first half of 2017 that is.

The tenor, who has been growing in prominence over the last few years, is slated for a monstrous calendar year that will see him make more house debuts than he ever has before.

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Debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in ‘Carmen’

December 30, 2016

Brian Jagde stars as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen in his highly anticipated house debut at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. He sings the role on January 7, 10 & 13 with Kate Aldrich as Carmen, Vitaliy Bilyy as Escamillo, and Golda Schultz is Micaëla. Lina Wertmüller directs the revival of this ever-popular production, with Karel Mark Chichon leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. Please note that all performances are currently sold-out; visit the following link for ticket updates.

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Brian Jagde & Lara Downes visit first graders at Time In Kids

December 15, 2016

On December 13, Brian Jagde and pianist Lara Downes, both Advisory Board members for Time In Kids, visited a group of first graders at the Time In studio. They screened selections from the film version of Bernstein’s West Side Story, performed, and talked with the kids about race relations and other issues addressed in the musical, which are still relevant today.

Enjoy an Operawire exclusive feature on the visit via the following link.

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Brian Jagde is “impressive” and “ardent” in role debut as Radamès in new ‘Aida’ at San Francisco Opera

November 7, 2016

“Brian Jagde, also making an impressive role debut, was her Radames. The tenor sounded firm and muscular in the Act I aria, “Celeste Aida,” and his performance grew increasingly ardent and expressive as the evening progressed.”

Georgia Rowe – The Mercury News

“… the delicately spun lyricism of tenor Brian Jagde as Radames — his “Celeste Aida” aria had the necessary heft …”

Richard Bammer – The Reporter

“Tenor Brian Jagde (in his role debut, as is Crocetto), was fine as the military hero who saves Egypt but unwittingly betrays his country when he reveals military secrets to his beloved Aida. His clear, supple voice made was favorable from the get-go with the Act 1 signature aria “Celeste Aida.”

James Ambroff-Tahan – San Francisco Examiner

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Opera News Noteworthy & Now Feature (Nov. 2016 Issue)

November 1, 2016

“Tenor Brian Jagde is in San Francisco this month for a new staging of Aida, in which he makes his role debut as Radamès—the first of a number of role debuts this season, including Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, in Feb. and Mar. at Covent Garden, and Das Rheingold’s Froh in June, in his first appearances with the NY Phil. Other company debuts in 2016–17 include Washington National Opera (May), as Pinkerton; Oper Stuttgart (June–July), as Cavaradossi; and Teatro Real (July), as Macduff.” (See the entire feature via Opera News online)

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