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Best of 2019 Highlights
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s production of Das Wunder der Heliane on Naxos DVD / Blu-ray is one of three finalists for the
International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in the Video Performance Category. Das Wunder der Heliane is available on DVD & Blu-ray formats via Naxos & Amazon.
Het seizoen 2019/2020 opende DNO met de double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana, en ook die productie staat in de top 5, met dank aan twee kenners die hem op één zetten. De verismodubbel werd gecreëerd door regisseur Robert Carsen en toekomstig chef-dirigent Lorenzo Viotti. In de cast zongen grote namen als Brandon Jovanovich, Ailyn Pérez, Anita Rachvelishvili en Brian Jagde.
§ Grabación | Das Wunder der Heliane, de E.W. Korngold.Naxos. Procedente de la temporada 2018/2019 de la Deutsche Oper. En todo el 2018, mi mayor frustración fue perderme esta producción, que además señaló lo que promete ser (y espero que sea) el inicio de renacimiento de la figura de Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Afortunadamente, los que no pudimos viajar a Berlín ahora tenemos otra oportunidad con este Blu Ray del sello Naxos para disfrutar de esta gran función. Mark Albrecht y su orquesta hacen justicia a la fabulosa orquestación de Korngold, la producción de Christopher Loy funciona (especialmente en la dirección de actores) y el dúo protagonista de Sara Jakubiak y Brian Jagde firma más que notables interpretaciones.
Das Wunder der Heliane is a great and wise hymn about the power of love. Love is happiness, freedom and eternity. Christoph Loy presents us with an exemplary staging with the right balance between intimate play and big picture on the huge stage of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Marc Albrecht does justice to the colours of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score. The investment of the three protagonists is breathtaking. This DVD is a reference of a long forgotten opera.
“His voice resounded with sonority and ease” – OperaWire
It was quite a year for American Brian Jagde as he solidified his status as one of the most acclaimed spinto tenors of his generations, debuting five roles in one year.
It all started at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo where he headlined a new production of “Turandot,” role for which he has garnered great acclaim. Performances of the run were broadcast worldwide. He followed that with his role debuts as Luigi and Turiddu in “Il Tabarro” and “Cavalleria Rusticana” with the Dresden Philharmonic. Concert performances were recorded for a future release on Pentatone. Then came his house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in his role debut as Enzo in “La Gioconda,” an opera that had not been performed at the house since 2005. OperaWire noted his performance was “youthful” and that was later seen when “La Gioconda” was broadcast live in cinemas.
In the summer he went to Paris for his house debut in “La Forza del Destino.” The role of Alvaro marked his fourth role debut of the season; he performed it a whopping 10 times during the run. In the fall, he opened the Dutch National Opera’s 2019-20 season in an acclaimed production of “Cavalleria Rusticana.” It marked the first time the tenor would perform the role in a staged production and reviews were outstanding, calling his performance “solid” and noting “he posses a dark, round, beautiful voice, with potent high notes.” The production was recorded on radio and video and is set to be broadcast on Takt1.
His final role debut of the season saw him return to the San Francisco Opera where he sang his first Des Grieux in “Manon Lescaut.” The year also saw Jagde become an ambassador for Opera for Peace and Opera America and also performed benefit concerts for Time’s In and the Kaufman Center. His performance in “Das Wunder der Heliane” was also released on DVD and was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards.
In 2020, Jagde makes his Wiener Staatsoper debut and returns to the Metropolitan Opera house for his principal role and his first HD performance in “Tosca.”
Here is in a clip from San Francisco Opera’s “Manon Lescaut.”
Photo Credit: Fay Fox