December 15, 2013
This season, Mr. Jagde debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Count Elemer in Arabella, at Opéra de Limoges as Don José in Carmen and at the Opera San Antonio in Dvořák’s Rusalka. He also returns to San Francisco Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, reprises the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca and joins the Orlando Philharmonic as Alfredo in La traviata.
December 10, 2013
Brian Jagde will reprise one of his signature roles as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Opéra de Limoges in January. Performances will be held on January 1, 3, 5, and 7 and will feature staging by Frédéric Roels and musical direction by Robert Tuohy. Mr. Jagde’s cast members include Annalisa Stroppa, Renaud Delaigue, Karen Vourc’h, Thomas Dear, Eduarda Melo, and Magakli Paliès. Mr. Jagde previously sung the role of Don José at the Fresno Grand Opera and the San Francisco Opera.
November 7, 2013
Brian Jagde returns to the Minnesota Opera to debut the role of Matteo in a production of Richard Strauss’ Arabella that can be seen on November 9, 12, 14, 16 and 17, 2013. The cast includes Jacquelyn Wagner as Arabella, Elizabeth Futral as Zdenka, Dale Travis as Count Waldner, Victoria Vargas as Adelaide, Craig Irvin as Mandryka, John Robert Lindsey as Count Elmer, Matthew Opitz as Count Dominik, Christian Zaremba as Count Lamoral, Jamie-Rose Guarrine as The Fiakermilli, and Shannon Prickett as a fortuneteller. The orchestra will be led by Michael Christie and the production is directed by Tim Albery. This is Mr. Jagde’s second time at the Minnesota Opera. He previously sang Madama Butterfly in the winter of 2012.
January 5, 2013
In March 2013, Brian will make his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in their production of Tosca, alongside Adrianne Pieczonka. Donald Runnicles will direct them in the Götz Friedrich 1987 reappraisal of Boleslaw Barlog’s interpretation of 1969, designed by Filippo Sanjust. More info
November 16, 2012
Lisa Mandelstein of Katherine Delmar Burke School is the winner of the video contest on Facebook! Ms. Mandelstein will attend Tosca at San Francisco Opera and enjoy dinner before the show at Jardinière on November 24. Ms. Mandelstein was nominated by her student Mimi Sharon, whose video captured Brian’s heart (http://vimeo.com/51691875#). Additional nominees included Jerry Pannone from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and Kevin Fox from Pacific Boychoir Academy.
September 17, 2012
The summer of 2012 has been a very exciting one for rising young tenor Brian Jadge. After being called in on very short notice to replace the previous Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Jagde confidently stepped up to the challenge and has enjoyed tremendous success with each of his performances. His 12/13 season will undoubtedly see even more success with several exciting debuts and engagements including Tosca at the San Francisco Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rodolfo in La Bohéme with Lorin Maazel and the Munich Philharmonic, and the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffman at the NCPA in Beijing, all while finishing up his final year as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. His visit to Beijing will be his second one this year – he recently appeared there in the 2012 Operalia competition where he won second prize and the special Birgit Nilsson prize for his highly praised interpretations of Wagner-Strauss repertoire. With each performance, Mr. Jagde is proving that he is one of the most exciting new lyric tenors on the scene today.
September 15, 2012
Brian is inviting a deserving music teacher to attend his cast’s opening night of Tosca in San Francisco on November 16. Visit Brian’s Facebook page to submit your video nominating a music teacher who has made a difference in your life between October 1 and November 1. Visit the “Pay it forward” page for the recent work Brian’s been doing with leaders in music education advocacy, and for the announcement of the winner on November 5.
Brian will join Patricia Racette and Maestro Nicola Luisotti, November 16-December 2, for 6 performances of Tosca with the San Francisco Opera. The cast also features Mark Delavan, Christian Van Horn, and director Jose Maria Condemi. Details
September 3, 2012
Our free annual Golden Gate Park concert, Opera in the Park, will take place on September 9 at 1:30pm.
Join us for an afternoon of arias al fresco with stars from the fall season including Nicole Cabell, Aleksandra Kurzak, Albina Shagimuratova, Kendall Gladen, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Francesco Demuro, Saimir Pirgu, Željko Lučić and Eric Owens. With Adler Fellows Nadine Sierra, Marina Harris, Laura Krumm, Brian Jagde, Ao Li and Joo Won Kang; accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
June 25, 2012
Brian Jagde, will sing the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca, the opening production of The Santa Fe Opera’s 56th season on Friday, June 29. This marks Mr. Jadge’s company debut and his debut in the role. He is scheduled to appear in the role with San Francisco Opera in November and with Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2013. A lyric tenor, Mr. Jagde was a prize winner in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition held earlier this month in Beijing.
June 11, 2012
This year’s world opera competition was held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA, in Beijing, China from June 4-10 and featured American, Russian, Chinese, Mongolian and Italian winners. Brian Jagde, 32, took home a second ex-equo prize, which was described as being very rare and a testimony to the quality of the singers in this year’s competition and the difficult decision that was given to the jury. Jagde was also awarded the male Birgit Nilsson Prize for Wagner-Strauss repertoire. Other winners included Janai Brugger, Yunpeng Wang, Amartuvshin, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Guanqun Yu, Nadezhda Karyazina, Roman Burdenko and Antonio Poll.
This was the 20th edition of the Operalia Competition, which is hosted each year by Plácido Domingo and sets out to find the next generation of opera stars. Operalia receives nearly one thousand applications each year and 40 singers are invited to take part. Mr. Domingo officially announced that the 21st edition of Operalia will take place in Verona, Italy from August 19-25, 2013.