Puccini’s “Tosca”: E lucevan le stelle

Lyric tenor Brian Jagde performs Cavaradossi’s dramatic aria “E lucevan le stelle” from the third act of Tosca by Puccini live with Orchestra.


Stern Grove Concert

“National Treasure Dolora Zajick was the headliner and she gave a generous sampling of why she is so beloved: “Ai nostri monti,” with probably the biggest-voiced partner she has had in a while, Brian Jagde.”

San Francisco Classical Voice – Janos Gereben – August 2011

Madama Butterfly, Virginia Opera

“As that original Ugly American, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton… Brian Jagde was forceful, decisive, and surprisingly powerful as Butterfly’s anti-hero…Mr. Jagde gave it a good go in a forceful 1st act, and was, surprisingly, affectively penitent during his brief appearance at the opera’s close.

If this performance gives us any clue, the youthful, physically attractive Mr. Jagde might find that moving to tenor will prove to be a significantly positive career move… he’s just the kind of voice and type that both musical and stage directors long to discover.”

Washington Times – Terry Ponick – April 2011


Tosca & Carmen, Adler Fellows Gala Concert

“I enjoyed the “E lucevan le stelle” that closed the 1st half… The orchestra maintained a transparent texture, providing a pleasing support for Brian Jagde’s beefy tenor.”

“Not For Fun Only” – Axel Feldheim – December 2010

“Jagde sounded bright and reedy here [Carmen Final Duet}, as he did for “E lucevan le stelle.”

San Francisco Opera Tattler – December 2010

The Makropulos Case, San Francisco Opera

“Brian Jagde was an ardent Janek”

Opera News – Georgia Rowe – February 2011

“One of the delights of modern live opera performance is that the smaller roles are often sung by persons who will soon be or already are capable of performing lead roles….As examples, Brian Jagde played Baron Prus’ hapless son, Janek, and Susannah Biller his beloved, Kristina, both with distinction.”

Opera Warhorses – William – November 2010

“Touching were the performances of Adler alumni Thomas Glen as Vitek and Brian Jagde as Janek, the callow young victim of Elina’s perfected sexual prowess.”

Opera Now – Michael Milenski –  November 2010

Aida, San Francisco Opera

“Tenor Brian Jagde made the most of the small role of the messenger.”

San Francisco Opera Tattler – November 2010

Maria & Draco, San Francisco Symphony

“Brian Jagde was an outstanding Draco, his first lines were excellent, as you could almost feel the desperation in his voice as he called out to Maria.”

www.Last.fm – July 2010

La Bohéme, Syracuse Opera

“…the vocalists’ talents run deep.  Rodolpho’s “Che gelida manina” was a stunning precursor to a series of beautifully rendered solos and ensembles.”

The Post Standard – Linda Loomis – October 2009

Macbeth, Grand Finale Concert, Merola Opera

“Tenor Brian Jagde riskily held forth [his] solo, as Macduff in “O figli, ofigli miei…Ah la paterno mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth.  ..Jagde will be another singer to watch.”

San Francisco Classical Voice – Jason Victor Serinus –  August 2009

La Bohéme, Merola Opera

“Brian Jagde cried out a nice “Mimi!” and used his embraces and physical affection convincingly.”

San Francisco Examiner – Cindy Warner – July 2009

“Brian Jagde’s, scream of “Mimi” pierced our heart.”

San Francisco Chronicle – Cedric Westphal – July 2009

The Merry Widow, Opera New Jersey

“…Brian Jagde, singing the lead role of Danilo, performed with John Cleese-like animation and vocal style which belied his ‘Festival Artist’ status.”

Princeton’s “Town Topics”  – Nancy Plum – July 2008


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