He has a pliant tone, pinging accuracy, stamina, shading and an astounding ability to make the voice grow throughout a phrase. What a voice ... keep your ears on Jagde."
Jagde was a proper swashbuckling hero, with generous phrasing, an expansive chest voice, plenty of swagger and ping in his high notes."
... [Jagde] established himself as an extremely compelling link between the great legends of the past and also in a more modern characterization of the role."
Jagde’s tenor was powerful and dramatically convincing, exhibiting a heroic tone even in the love duet ..."
Above all, the versatile tenor Brian Jagde crowned a cast list of exquisite quality. He gave tirelessly in color and volume, textual security, and heroic splendor in a sovereign interpretation of the “Stranger.”
Jagde has clearly arrived as a world-class heroic tenor ... His “Nessun dorma” showed a huge breadth of space, moving seamlessly from an intimate whisper to a hall-filling embrace."
... a prodigious instrument, it has the potential for him to become one of the great modern tenors."
... a handsome presence and beefy tenor with explosive high notes that will doubtless carry him far ..."
Jagde returns to the role of Don Alvaro in Verdi’s La forza del Destino twice this season, first at London’s Royal Opera House in the autumn, and later at The Metropolitan Opera, which will receive a Live in HD international broadcast. He stars as Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot with Opéra national de Paris and for his debut in Japan (TBA). In the spring, he makes his long-awaited house debut at Teatro alla Scala as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, and he then sings his first performances at Teatro Regio di Parma as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca.Read Full Bio
Brian Jagde sings on the world's leading stages. Soon the US tenor will be heard again in Vienna, where he feels particularly loved.
... this performance abounded in crackling energy, sure-paced suspense, romantic reverie and thrilling singing from Radvanovsky and Jagde ... In Jagde she (Radvanovsky) had a tenor who could match her soaring power. It’s hard to believe that he spent almost 10 years early in his career as a baritone. On Thursday his enormous, vibrant voice was capped by exciting top notes ... it’s hard to complain when you have a singer with such a big, beefy instrument.
Opera expert Fred Plotkin speaks with tenor Brian Jagde on IDAGIO.
Those operas and others vanished with the final eight weeks of the Met’s season. So we asked some of the singers who had been waiting years to perform them to give us some musical phrases that they — and we — lost. Here are their voices, and edited excerpts from the conversation