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 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
“And he’s handsome too!” exclaimed one captivated female patron of Brian Jagde at intermission. The American tenor was pressed into service to make his Lyric debut two weeks ago . . .
With an ample voice, natural acting style and likable stage presence, Jagde made an impressive house debut. He delivered an ardent and impassioned “Recondita armonia,” clarion cries of “Vittoria!” in Act 2 and an impassioned “E lucevan e’ stelle.” The staging of Act 3 seemed a bit uncertain in places yet Jagde showed fine chemistry with Serjan and made the lovers’ plight credible and gripping.”
Lawrence A. Johnson – Chicago Classical Review
“. . . Jagde comes out on top in Lyric’s Tosca . . . Nearly everyone in this first cast (starting February 27, the four main roles will be replaced with fresh voices) was excellent. The stand-out has to be the American tenor Brian Jagde, called in at the last minute to replace Mischa Didyk. His voice is a force, clarion-clear, muscly, with just those notes of honey and throatiness that seem to wrap up an orchestra’s sound and deliver the whole package to your front door, no signature needed . . . No signs of rushed preparation were in evidence on this opening night. Instead, with Jagde singing over the mix, it was some of the most pleasurable opera you’re likely to hear this year.”
Dan Wang – Bachtrack.com
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.
September 9, 2014
Brian Jagde and several principal artists from San Francisco Opera’s 2014/15 season joined Maestro Nicola Luisotti and the SFOpera Orchestra for the annual ‘Opera in the Park’ concert, on September 7 in Golden Gate Park. He closed the program with what SFGate called: ‘a ripping account of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” The crowd roared its approval.’
June 17, 2014
Following a top prize win at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary competition and a series of critically lauded performances as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at San Francisco Opera, Brian Jagde launches the 2014/15 season with a return to San Francisco, to sing Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca (October 23 & 26 and November 1, 4 & 8).
Mr. Jagde will make his house debut at Covent Garden this season, as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with a spectacular cast including Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Gabriele Vivani as Sharpless. Nicola Luisotti, Music Director of the San Francisco Opera, leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for these performances (March 20, 23, 28 & 31 and April 4 & 9). Jagde will also debut at Portland Opera, as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen (February 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14).
Brian Jagde sings the role of Narraboth in Strauss’ Salome at Opera San Antonio (January 8 & 11) and Santa Fe Opera (July 18, 22 & 31 and August 6, 11, 18 & 27). Mr. Jagde will present a recital on February 18 at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA.
April 24, 2014
A live National Broadcast will air of The Metropolitan Opera’s Arabella this Thursday at 7:25PM ET, featuring Brian Jagde as Count Elemer. Click here for more information and to stream this production live!
April 18, 2014
The live national broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s Arabella will air this Saturday, 4/19 at 12pm ET, featuring Brian Jagde as Count Elemer. Click here to enjoy a live web stream of this production. Arabella will also be on the air on 4/19 via classical radio stations nationwide.