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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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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Role debut as Radamès in new production of ‘Aida’ at San Francisco Opera

November 1, 2016

Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated debut as Radamès in Verdi’s Aida, this season at the San Francisco Opera. The new staging, directed by Francesca Zambello with artistic designs by RETNA, also highlights the debut of soprano Leah Crocetto in the title role. Ekaterina Semenchuk sings Amneris, George Gagnidze is Amonasro, and Ray Aceto is Ramfis for these performances, which take place between November 5 – December 6 at the War Memorial Opera House.

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House debut at the Teatro Massimo in new production of ‘Madama Butterfly’

September 11, 2016

Tenor Brian Jagde makes his debut at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo this season, as Lt. Pinkerton in a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Performances take place September 16, 18, 21 & 24, and also feature Hui He in the title role, Anna Malavasi as Suzuki, and Giovanni Meoni sings Sharpless, with conductor Jader Bignamini. The premiere staging is directed by Nicola Berloffa, with scenic designs by Fabio Cherstich.

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Critical acclaim for ‘Carmen’ at San Francisco Opera

May 30, 2016

“In this hard-scrabble concept, Don José stood out as the clueless romantic, and Brian Jagde sang the “Flower Song” with all the passionate abandon of an adolescent in love for the first time.
Heidi Waleson – Wall Street Journal

“Bizet’s score remains just as exciting as ever and (though there won’t be a rose between anyone’s teeth) the principal cast and chorus are fabulous. Brian Jagde’s lyric tenor chops are enthralling, his rendition of Don José’s Act 2 aria, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” (The Flower Song) is dazzling. Brian’s ascension on the phrase that leads to the sustained high B-flat is delivered gently and seamlessly, the tonal quality is jewel-like. Even at the opening night performance, he knocked it out-of-the-park. As thousands cheered.”
Sean Martinfield – Huffington Post

Brian Jagde’s Don José alone gave us goosebumps, holding nothing back emotionally as he gave stentorian notice that the force was with his instrument.
Lee Eisman – Classical Scene

“. . . the final scene between the proud and reckless title character and her spurned lover Don José pulses with an almost frightening charge . . . this is a raw, emotionally confrontational Carmen, insisting that the audience look straight into the eye of passion’s pitiless storm.

Mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts and tenor Brian Jagde were magnificently real in their final, fated scene . . . Jagde, his voice by turns chastely pleading, menacing and desperately stretched, staggered like a puppet coming loose from his strings. Here is the final, inevitable undoing of a beefy, hometown boy who gets in over his head with a woman who has reeled him in and cut him off. It’s a terrible, transfixing thing to witness . . . that climax delivers the evening’s crowning blow . . . the second two [acts] pay off with sustained high dividends. When Carmen and Don José circle each other in that bullring, they’re playing out a destiny that’s much bigger than the two of them . . . Stunning and dramatically compelling . . . ”
Steven Winn – San Francisco Classical Voice

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Instagram Takeover – San Francisco Opera

May 24, 2016

Brian Jagde will be the first-ever artist to take over San Francisco Opera’s Instagram channel (@sfopera) on May 27, opening night and the US debut of Calixto Bieito’s thrilling production of Carmen. Follow @sfopera to see behind-the-scenes photos and videos all day and throughout the show!

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