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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San Francisco Opera – Gala in celebration of David Gockley

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.

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House Debut at Palm Beach Opera in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

March 1, 2016

This season, Brian Jagde revisits the role of Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne of Naxos for his house debut at Palm Beach Opera. Mr. Jagde received tremendous critical acclaim for his debut in the role last fall at Minnesota Opera:

“In a class of his own was tenor Brian Jagde (Bacchus) who … put his jaw-dropping instrument to stirring use; together with Wagner, he made Strauss’s apotheosis unforgettable.” (Opera News)

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New York Philharmonic debut as Froh in ‘Das Rheingold’

February 26, 2016

Brian Jagde makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic in the 2016/17 season, as Froh in a concert version of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Performances take place June 1, 3 & 6, 2017, and will be a highlight of Alan Gilbert’s final season as Music Director.

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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!

(Facebook/Twitter:@BrianJagde)

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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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Debut at Houston Grand Opera in ‘Rusalka’

January 27, 2016

Brian Jagde sings the role of the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka this season at Houston Grand Opera, in his company debut. Mr. Jagde previously performed the role with Opera San Antonio in 2014, to great acclaim:

“Mr. Jagde’s warm, satin-smooth core voice was lovely, but he also showed some dramatic possibilities at full voice, when a steely edge and a shower of bright overtones emerged … this clearly is a tenor worth watching.” (Incidentlight.com)

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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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