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.
January 30, 2015
Next season, Brian Jagde will make his house debut at Houston Grand Opera as the Prince in Dvořák’s enchanting fairy tale, Rusalka. Mr. Jagde previously sang the role “admirably” and with a “shower of bright overtones” at Opera San Antonio. He is joined by soprano Ana María Martinez in the title role, baritone Richard Paul Fink as the Water Goblin, and Maestro Harry Bicket (Chief Conductor – Santa Fe Opera) on the podium. Performances take place January 29 & 31, and February 6, 9 & 12.
Later in the season he returns to the San Francisco Opera, to sing Don José in Bizet’s strikingly seductive masterpiece, Carmen. This is a signature role for Mr. Jagde, who most recently sang José in his debut at Opéra de Limoges, thrilling audiences and critics alike with his “powerful” and “heroic” portrayal, regarded as “a model of dramatic intensity.”
The production, created by the bold and provocative Spanish director Calixto Bieito, will make its U.S. debut at War Memorial Opera House (see trailer from English National Opera here). Irene Roberts sings Carmen, Zachary Nelson is Escamillo, and Nadine Sierra sings Micaëla, with Carlo Montanaro leading the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Tickets are now available for all performances: May 27 & 29, June 1, 23 & 26 and July 2.
January 26, 2015
“A substitute at Lyric Opera’s Tosca is a revelation . . . On January 12, Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Misha Didyk, the Ukrainian tenor scheduled for the leading role of Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca had dropped out of the production “for personal reasons.” Opening night was just 12 days away. But a replacement had been found: a rising young American tenor, Brian Jagde (it’s pronounced Jade), would be stepping in, making his Lyric debut. In the announcement, Freud thanked the Portland Opera for releasing Jagde from a conflicting engagement there . . .
Not to worry! In a revelation to an audience who hadn’t heard him before, Jagde and his Tosca, Russian soprano Tatiana Serjan, also in her Lyric Opera debut, delivered standout performances. (No surprise about Serjan for those who’d heard her in CSO’s concert version of Verdi’s Macbeth, conducted by Riccardo Muti last season.) The abrupt departure from plan resulted in an inspired pairing: two wonderful acting singers with the extraordinary voices that make for opera legend.”
Deanna Isaacs – Chicago Reader
“Puccini’s Tosca returned to Lyric Opera in a beautifully performed, new-to Chicago production that featured a wealth of important company debuts, including the evening’s conductor and all three principal singers (seen Jan. 24) . . . Serjan found an excellent stage partner in Brian Jagde’s handsome, clarion-toned Cavaradossi. The tenor won audience approval from the initial phrases of “Recondita armonia,” which were lyrically dispatched without the bellowing so often heard. Once fully warmed, Jagde produced an impressive flood of ringing sound that appeared to be produced well within his means without spreading under pressure above the staff. The sexual chemistry onstage with Serjan was palpable: this was a hot Tosca duo.”
Mark Thomas Ketterson – Opera News
“Puccini’s score for “Tosca” is chock-full of thrilling moments . . . In Lyric’s production, the less familiar music of Act I is enlightened by soprano Tatiana Serjan’s Tosca and tenor Brian Jagde’s Cavaradossi. They chase each other up and down scaffolding, play-fighting like children, and then suddenly confessing love that cannot be moved. Both are attractive, consummate actors, and bring a freshness to their portrayals . . . His voice’s chiaroscuro (the balance of lightness and darkness) and a razor-sharp focus awarded his Lyric debut with thunderous applause; Jagde seems the new Richard Tucker . . . Jagde alone is reason to attend.“
New City Stage
January 23, 2015
Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago this month as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, a role he has performed to great acclaim in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Berlin. This production is new to the Lyric stage, and also features soprano Tatiana Serjan as Floria Tosca, Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia, and Maestro Dmitri Juroski, all making their house debuts. Performances take place January 24, 27 & 30, and February 2 & 5, with opening night receiving a live broadcast on WFMT.
January 5, 2015
This month, Brian Jagde makes his role debut as Narraboth, the ill-fated Captain of the Guard, in Strauss’ scandalous and spectacular work Salome with Opera San Antonio. These will be the first fully staged opera presentations in the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center, San Antonio’s newest performing arts venue.
Jagde is joined by a world-class cast, including Patricia Racette in her first staged performance as Salome, Alan Held as Jochanaan, Allan Glassman as Herod, and Michelle DeYoung as Herodias, with and the San Antonio Symphony. Performances take place January 8 & 11; tickets and more information are available at the following link.
He reprises the role later this season at Santa Fe Opera.
December 6, 2014
Brian Jagde makes his house debut with the historic Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City this month, as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème on December 11 & 14. Maestro Srba Dinic leads the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes for this production, which also features Olivia Gorra as Mimì, Jesús Suaste as Marcello, and Marcela Chacón as Musetta.
Tickets for these performances are available via Ticketmaster.
October 31, 2014
Enjoy an archived broadcast of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly from San Francisco Opera featuring Brian Jagde as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, on Sunday, November 2 at 8pm PST on Classical KDFC (both online and over the air). 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.
September 10, 2014
Brian Jagde will make his debut (house and role) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia next spring, as Ismaele in Verdi’s majestic work Nabucco. Mr. Jagde joins an internationally renowned cast for these performances, including Dimitri Platanias in the title role and Varduhi Abrahamyan as Fenema, with San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti leading the orchestra.
Performances take place April 30, and May 2, 5, 7, 10, 12 & 14. Tickets will be available soon at the following link.