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."
Brian Jagde launches his 2018/19 season with a return to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Puccini's Tosca. He then travels to London's Royal Opera House, starring as Don José in Bizet's Carmen, and sings Calaf in a new production of Puccini's Turandot at Palermo's Teatro Massimo. In 2019, Jagde embarks on a series of greatly anticipated house and role debuts. He will sing Turiddu in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Luigi in Puccini's Il tabarro, in concert with the Dresdner Philharmonie, captured for a future album release. Jagde then sings his first Enzo Grimaldi in Ponchielli's La Gioconda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and makes his premiere appearance with the Opéra national de Paris, debuting as Don Alvaro in Verdi's epic La forza del Destino at the Opéra Bastille.Read Full Bio
... spacious in sound and intense with an incisive undertone. His arrival with the song of praise for Lola, at the opening of the opera, was a sensation.
Brian Jagde made his debut at the Paris Opera and performed for the first time the role of Don Alvaro in Giuseppe Verdi's La Forza del destino. A double challenge for the American tenor, whose season has been rich in new productions and role-playing. Between political conflicts and the fight against fatality, he evokes his relationship to the work and to this complex character.
Brian Jagde, for his debut at the Paris Opera, portrays a tenebrous Don Alvaro, with a rich and shining timbre like the blade of his sword ... the spectators present salute the work of the artists, and in particular the central couple, the diva Anja Harteros, and the revelation Brian Jagde.
Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” is one of the most difficult operas in the repertoire ... This week, the work returns to the Opéra de Paris with an strong cast and perhaps one of the most exciting tenors singing today, Brian Jagde.