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."
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."
... 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 ..."
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
The young tenor Brian Jagde comes from the Operalia competition, and surely it was on the "council" of Domingo to include him in the cast. He was not mistaken, as he achieved one of the greatest ovations of the night for his performance as Macduff without reservations and an intriguing voice.
The American tenor Brian Jagde is Pinkerton ... brilliant with a gleaming, radiant, elevated, open and engaging, warm voice. Bravo! Many tenors who perform in Hamburg should take an example from Mr. Jagde."
... nothing stands in the way of an extraordinary — indeed, flawless — young Anglo-American cast ... In fact, Wagner’s characters all feel human here ... Froh (the trumpeting Brian Jagde) ..."
... tenor Brian Jagde is in the trenches, battling to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of important American tenors epitomized by Richard Tucker. Jagde’s Pinkerton in WNO’s Madama Butterfly was a burst of raw virility ... his nuanced acting and superb singing transformed his Pinkerton from a hedonistic rake into a man sensitive enough to recoil from the blood on his conscience."