New 'Carmen' at the Arena di Verona
Debut in Russia – ‘Carmen’ at the Bolshoi
This summer, Brian Jagde travels to Moscow for his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in a signature role – Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. He sings the role on June 7 & 9 with a cast that also includes Oxana Volkova as his ill-fated lover, Dinara Alieva as Micaëla, and Elchin Azizov sings Escamillo. Conductor Anton Grishanin leads both performances, with a production originally staged by Alexei Borodin.
Critical acclaim from 2016 ‘Carmen’ at San Francisco Opera:
“Brian Jagde’s lyric tenor chops are enthralling, his rendition of Don José’s Act 2 aria, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” (The Flower Song) is dazzling. Brian’s ascension on the phrase that leads to the sustained high B-flat is delivered gently and seamlessly, the tonal quality is jewel-like. Even at the opening night performance, he knocked it out-of-the-park. As thousands cheered.” (Huffington Post)