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
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!
May 14, 2016
Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated return to San Francisco Opera this season, as Don José in Bizet’s smoldering classic, Carmen. This is a signature role for Mr. Jagde, who recently sang José to great acclaim at Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Teatro di San Carlo:
“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.” (Codalario)
April 16, 2016
Brian Jagde returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin this season, as Don José in the Deutsche Oper’s classic production of Bizet’s Carmen. Performances take place April 16, 22 & 24, and feature Irene Roberts in the title role, Heidi Stober as Micaëla, and Dong-Hwan Lee as Escamillo, with Jacques Lacombe leading the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin.
April 8, 2016
Brian Jagde makes his role debut as Maurizio in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, next season at London’s Royal Opera House. Performances take place February 7, 10, 17, 21, 24 & 27 and March 2, 2017, and feature a spectacular international cast including Angela Gheorghiu in the title role (Hrachuhi Bassenz sings Adriana Feb. 21 & Mar. 2), Kristin Adam as Abbé di Chazeuil, Ksenia Dudnikova as the Princesse de Bouillon, Bálint Szabó as the Prince de Bouillon, and Gerald Finley and Alessandro Corbelli share the role of Michonnet. Daniel Oren leads from the pit, for this sumptuous production directed by David McVicar.
Mr. Jagde made his critically acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera last season, as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
April 3, 2016
Next season, Brian Jagde debuts at Madrid’s Teatro Real in a concert presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, part of the Real’s celebratory 200th Anniversary Season. Jagde sings the role of Macduff alongside Plácido Domingo in the title role. Jagde previously received second prize and the Brigit Nilsson Wagner/Strauss Prize at Domingo’s 2012 Operalia Competition in Beijing. Mr. Jagde also reunites with soprano Anna Pirozzi (Lady Macbeth) in this production; the duo was previously seen in 2014 at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Verdi’s Nabucco.
Ildebrando D´Arcangelo sings Banquo, with Vincenzo Costanzo as Malcolm. Performances take place July 11, 14 & 17, 2017 in the Main Hall.
April 1, 2016
Brian Jagde and soprano Ailyn Pérez share the stage for the first time next season, in concert at the new Anne E. Pitzer Center on campus at UC Davis. This performance is featured as part of the Mondavi Center Presenting Program, and will be the first-ever Mondavi hosted concert at the venue. The program takes place March 11 and highlights works by Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Bernstein, and more. Acclaimed pianist Robert Mollicone accompanies the duo for this not-to-be-missed event.
March 30, 2016
Brian Jagde makes his highly anticipated debut at the acclaimed Bayerische Staatsoper next season in a signature role – Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. He is joined by a spectacular international cast, including Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, with Vitaliy Bilyy as Escamillo and Genia Kühmeier as Micaëla. Karel Mark Chichon leads the Bayerisches Staatsorchester for these performances, which take place January 7, 10 & 13, 2017 at the Nationaltheater.
March 19, 2016
“Brian Jagde made an impressive debut as Bacchus, physically portraying both the preening tenor and the heroic god. He met the musical challenges without appearing to tire. The climactic duet with Ariadne was a fulfillment rather than another series of challenges: a fitting culmination to a brilliant love letter to music and theater.”
Karl W. Hesser – Opera News
“Ariadne’s deliverer, bright-voiced, handsome tenor Brian Jagde, comes through with ringing sound and endurance as Bacchus – a treacherous role that has been the downfall of many highly established heldentenors.”
Robert Croan – Palm Beach Daily News
“The roles of Ariadne and the god Bacchus (who transforms the grieving heroine through love) challenge the singers with music of almost Wagnerian dimensions and difficulty. Both Wendy Bryn Harmer and Brian Jagde scored triumphs, meeting the vocal demands head on and turning the roles’ mythical stereotypes into real characters with deep emotions.
The role of Bacchus is notoriously high and more than one seasoned tenor has come to grief attempting it. Arriving in a ship of gold, Jagde’s refulgent, heroic sound swept all before him. His voice conveyed beauty and ardor as well as sheer strength and volume. In the concluding duet, a final burst of Straussian lyricism, Harmer and Jagde’s voices were thrilling.”
Lawrence Budmen – South Florida Classical Review
March 2, 2016
Brian Jagde joins a spectacular roster of colleagues for a special Gala concert event this summer, celebrating the incredible career of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley. Artists featured include Renée Fleming, Ana María Martínez, Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick, Eric Owens, and many more. The Gala, hosted by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and bass-baritone Samuel Ramey, takes place on June 16.