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."
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 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
Tenor Brian Jagde, in his finest company outing to date, was a big-voiced Cavaradossi, producing firm, heroic sound throughout. His impassioned performance of the Act III aria, “E lucevan le stelle,” was a highlight of the evening.
Currently starring in San Francisco Opera’s new production of “Tosca,” Jagde will break the record this season as having performed the role of Cavaradossi more than any tenor in the history of the company ... In anticipation of this memorable feat, the tenor listed off his four favorite tenors in the role.
Host David Latulippe talks with American tenor Brian Jagde, who sings the part of Cavaradossi; and Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio, making both her San Francisco Opera and title role debuts.