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
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)
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.
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.
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.