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 has clearly arrived as a world-class heroic tenor in this role debut as Calaf ... 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."
Jagde possesses a substantial and warm-toned tenor, which he used with discretion and sensitivity, nevertheless supplying a bright and healthy ring for his topmost phrases."
... a handsome presence and beefy tenor with explosive high notes that will doubtless carry him far ..."
In his first Radamès, tenor Brian Jagde had an impressive night, singing with firm, ringing tone in “Celeste Aida” and projecting a sense of vigor and vitality throughout the opera."
Jagde begins the 2017/18 season in his highly anticipated role debut as Calaf in Turandot at San Francisco Opera, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. He then travels to Switzerland for his debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Cavaradossi (Tosca) and sings the role later in the season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.Read Full Bio
Jagde undertook the role in promising fashion for the first time in September, but since then his command of the assignment has only grown more assured and polished ... best of all was his “Nessun dorma” in Act 3, a grand and glorious rendition that combined huge reserves of sound with phrasing of untrammeled eloquence."
I had not heard American tenor Brian Jagde and was quite impressed: he has sung Cavaradossi in Stuttgart, Santa Fe, Chicago and Berlin. He has a young, strong voice, secure top notes ..."
The benefit, titled “Puccini with Passion,” will feature soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Brian Jagde as they perform selections from the historic composer’s works. Also present will be the artwork created by some of the children who have had their school visited by the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative.
Tenor Brian Jagde, who opens the season singing Calaf in San Francisco before singing Cavaradossi in Zurich and Berlin, answers five questions from the editors of Opera News.