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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Master Class & QnA at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

January 31, 2016

Brian Jagde and soprano Ailyn Pérez will present a Master Class/QnA event for music students at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) on February 1. Both artists are currently starring in productions with Houston Grand Opera; Mr. Jagde is The Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Ms. Pérez sings the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Brian and Ailyn will lead a joint master class, highlighting performances from several students at HSVPA. They will also host an interactive QnA session. Updates will be posted on social media throughout the day – stay tuned!

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Brian Jagde makes a “magical” and “brilliant” debut in HGO’s ‘Rusalka’

January 31, 2016

“Magical debuts make the myth alive in Houston Grand Opera’s Rusalka . . . Houston Grand Opera’s presentation embodies a magical sound that is out of this world . . . Making their HGO debut, two singers bumped this singing up from solid to brilliant. From his entrance late in Act One, tenor Brian Jagde stole hearts and took no survivors as the rakish prince . . . the prince (who, let’s be honest, kind of deserves it) has the infamous expiring aria. With his head on Martínez’s lap, Jagde sang his end so sweetly, his voice still abounding with vitality and breadth, it was hard to know we wouldn’t hear him anymore.”
Sydney Boyd – Bachtrack.com

“. . . Brian Jagde, an American tenor making his HGO debut as The Prince. This is perhaps the most stunning HGO debut I’ve witnessed this year. Jagde has a big, big voice, well-controlled, and it’s safe to say that no orchestra will ever drown him out. A striking actor, he looks the part of an archetypal prince.
Theodore Bale – CultureMap Houston

“From her woodlake pool, mermaid Rusalka has seen a man (tenor Brian Jagde, making a most impressive HGO debut.) When he swims in the water, she can only embrace him as a wave. But she longs to touch him, to be one with him, to become human and have a soul . . . The final duet, as the Prince begs Rusalka for her kiss of death, is almost hymn-like in its purity and emotional intensity.

. . . it’s young Jagde, as the Prince, who’s the revelation. Broad of shoulder and oozing stage presence, he’s a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s acclaimed Merola program and is making a solid run through the international opera world in leading tenor roles in ButterflyCarmenToscaAriadne and Bohème. His ringing tenor fills the enormous Brown Theater with effortless rich, full, masculine tone. He has something of the legendary Canadian heldentenor Jon Vickers about him, and we hope he’s been signed up for future appearances at HGO. He is one to watch . . .

Dvorák’s sublime Rusalka is opera at its most grand, intimate and ultimately shattering. A standing ovation without parallel.”
D.L. Groover – Houston Press

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

January 12, 2016

Next season Brian Jagde returns to San Francisco Opera, for his role debut as Radamès in Verdi’s epic masterpiece, Aida. Francesca Zambello directs this new production, featuring designs from Los Angeles-based graffiti artist RETNA. Performances take place November 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 27, & 30 and December 3 & 6, with a spectacular cast including Leah Crocetto debuting in the title role, Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris, George Gagnidze as Amonasro, and Raymond Aceto as Ramfis. Music Director Nicola Luisotti* leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for these not-to-be-missed performances.

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A “passionate” and “virile” Don José in ‘Carmen’ at the Teatro San Carlo

December 14, 2015

Brian Jagde was an excellent Don José . . . he transcended in voice and the eloquence of his acting, and offered with Montiel artistic outbursts that I will remember forever. The end of the fourth act was dramatic and heartbreaking. A José madly in love and jealous that faces the refusal of his unbridled desires. Carmen’s murder was part of a vocal and gestural culmination that imprisoned all participants in a sublime musical delirium.”

{Brian Jagde fue un don José excelente . . . a medida que pasaba la representación su inmersión en el papel trascendía en elocuencia vocal y actoral, y ofreció junto con Montiel espasmos artísticos que quedarán para el recuerdo. El final del cuarto acto fue espectacular y desgarrador. Un don José loco de amor y de celos que se enfrenta a la negativa de sus deseos desenfrenados. El asesinato de Carmen formó parte de una culminación vocal y gestual que encarceló a todos los asistentes en un delirio musical sublime.}
Francisco Quirce – Codalario

A true and exact process of psychological evolution and timbre (was shown) immediately by the Don José of Brian Jagde; The pursuit of a light color and use of falsetto in the first part up to the interaction with Carmen, an act of release, began turning over to the acquisition of his (true) identity. Most surprisingly, the American tenor used darker registers, a burnished core sound, and full voice in the upper register in the later acts. The romance “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” had a virile consistency and passionate abandonment.”

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Opening night broadcasts of Teatro San Carlo’s ‘Carmen’ available worldwide

December 13, 2015

On December 13, Brian Jagde makes his Italian debut at Napoli’s Teatro di San Carlo in one of his signature roles, Don José, in Bizet’s smoldering classic, Carmen. The Gala opening night performance will receive a live broadcast at 20:20 CET (2:20pm EST/1:20pm CST/12:20pm MST/11:20 am PST) via Rai5 (TV) and RaiRadio3 (radio). Tune in to watch the TV broadcast worldwide via FreeInterTV, OKLiveTV (or Rai5) or listen to the radio broadcast via RaiRadio3 (click on the green broadcast icon at the top of the page). Italy’s President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be in attendance.

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Italian Debut as Don José at the Teatro di San Carlo

October 23, 2015

This winter, Brian Jagde debuts in Italy at Napoli’s Teatro di San Carlo in one of his signature roles, Don José in Bizet’s smoldering classic, Carmen. This new production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, opens the San Carlo’s 15-16 season. Acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Orchestra and Coro e Coro di Voci Bianche del Teatro di San Carlo* and an international cast, including María José Montiel in the title role, Aris Argiris as Escamillo, and Eleonora Buratto sings Micaëla. The Gala Opening Night takes place on December 13, with additional performances on Dec. 16, 18 & 20. For tickets and more information, visit TeatroSanCarlo.it.

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Role debut as The Tenor/Bacchus in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

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.

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‘Madame Butterfly’ – archived broadcast to air on radio stations nationwide

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.

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Teatro Massimo Debut in 2016 – ‘Madama Butterfly’

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.

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2015/16 Season Announcement

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 & 296/1, 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.

 

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