September 26, 2015
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. – Star Tribune
Jagde is joined by a spectacular cast for this production, including Amber Wagner in the title role, Erin Morley as Zerbinetta, and Hanna Hipp as the Komponist, with Dale Travis as The Music Master. Michael Christie leads the Minnesota Opera Orchestra for these performances, which take place September 26 and October 1, 3 & 4 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
September 4, 2015
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 Racette in the title role, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, and Brian Mulligan as Sharpless, with Music Director Nicola Luisotti leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
July 23, 2015
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 his performances at San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House in London.
Jagde is joined by a thrilling international cast for this Nicola Berloffa-directed production, including Hui He in the title role, Anna Malavasi as Suzuki, and Vladimir Stoyanov as Sharpless, with Jader Bignamini leading the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo.
July 21, 2015
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 premiere of Calixto Bieito’s thrilling production (5/27 & 29, 6/1, 23 & 26, and 7/2). He also returns to Minnesota Opera for his role debut as Bacchus (9/26 and 10/1, 3 & 4) and will make his debut in Italy at the Teatro San Carlo as Don José in a new production of Carmen, led by Zubin Mehta (12/13, 16, 18 & 20).
Additional information will be posted as available; please visit the Schedule page for updates.
July 16, 2015
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, 11, 18 & 27, and feature Alex Penda in the title role, Robert Brubaker as Herod, Michaela Martens as Herodias, and Ryan McKinny as Jochanaan. Daniel Slater directs the production, with costumes and sets designed by Leslie Travers, and David Robertson leading the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
June 29, 2015
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015 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. Several other classical radio stations nationwide will also air the broadcast, including WQXR and NEPR, as part of The American Opera Series. To enjoy the recording at any time, listen to the archived stream via PRX.org.
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 this “ardent and impassioned” house debut – tune in July 11 to hear this spectacular performance!
June 1, 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 Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
March 22, 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 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
“The high drama of Opolais’s interpretation is complemented by Nicola Luisotti’s forceful, febrile conducting and Brian Jagde’s unusually sympathetic Pinkerton, a plausible American jock who imbues “Addio fiorito asil” with aching remorse.”
Rupert Christiansen – The Telegraph
“ . . . the young, handsome American tenor Brian Jagde making an auspicious house debut as Pinkerton. His voice is powerful and even throughout the range, he produced some thrilling singing where necessary and cut an unusually sympathetic figure on stage in what is a pretty thankless role. I hope we hear a lot more of him . . .”
Keith McDonnell – musicOMH
“House debutant Brian Jagde has plenty of weight to his bright tenor and played Pinkerton as a more likeable . . . cad than usual. He filled his brief aria “Addio, fiorito asil” with real regret.”
Mark Pullinger – Bachtrack
February 10, 2015
Next season, Brian Jagde will make his house debut at Palm Beach Opera as Bacchus in Strauss’ sumptuous and spellbinding work, Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Jagde is joined by a thrilling cast, including Wendy Bryn Harmer in the title role and Irene Roberts as the Komponist, in a production directed by Daniel Witzke. Maestro Andreas Delfs leads the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Chorus for these performances, taking place March 18-20, 2016.
February 7, 2015
Brian Jagde will make his solo recital debut on February 18 in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, located on the campus of the University of California, Davis. Mr. Jagde is joined by acclaimed pianist Craig Terry, Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, for this performance. The program features a set of five songs from German composers (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and Mahler), The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35 by Benjamin Britten, and a set of Rachmaninoff songs reflecting the five stages of grief. The evening will close with five songs by Richard Strauss, in celebration of the sesquicentennial of his birth.