On September 5, Brian Jagde makes his staged role debut as Turiddu in a new Robert Carsen-directed production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana at the Dutch National Opera. This premiere staging, which opens the venue’s 2019/20 season, is presented as a double-bill with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The September 28 performance receives a live radio broadcast via NPO Radio 4’s “Opera Live” program.

Jagde sang Turiddu for the first time in March 2019 in two critically-acclaimed concerts with the Dresdner Philharmonie, recorded for a future album release on the Pentatone label:

“… he was already very well heard from off stage and even more so as a tough, relentless Turiddu, who leaves his lover in dishonour to let his former love Lola capture him again – until the bitter end through his death in a duel, which was preceded by a “farewell to his mother” filled with passion.” (Online Merker)

The cast for Cavalleria includes Anita Rachvelishvili as Santuzza, Roman Burdenko as Alfio, Rihab Chaieb as Lola, and Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia, with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest and Koor van De Nationale Opera. Lorenzo Viotti, the DNO’s incoming Music Director, conducts performances on September 5, 8, 11, 21 & 28, with Aldert Vermeulen conducting on September 15, 18 & 24.

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