A return to San Francisco Opera for role debut as Des Grieux in 'Manon Lescaut'
Final performances of 2019: ‘Manon Lescaut’ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Brian Jagde travels to Berlin this month, to close out the calendar year with three performances of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This marks his first appearances as Des Grieux in Europe. He’s on stage December 10, 14 & 19 with a cast that includes Tatjana Serjan in the title role, Noel Bouley as Lescaut, and Stephen Bronk as Geronte, with Donald Runnicles leading the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra.
Brian recently debuted the role at San Francisco Opera, where he was met with tremendous critical acclaim:
“Manon’s handsome suitor Chevalier des Grieux, tenor Brian Jagde was impressive in his fifth role debut this year. His voice resonating with ringing intensity and virile beauty, Jagde was ardent and dashing …”
James Ambroff-Tahan – San Francisco Examiner
“… American tenor Brian Jagde gave vocal force of Himalayan magnificence. Forceful without showiness and having the physical presence that matters, Jagde whipped up unstoppable gusto as the valiant young man as emotions cascaded in thoughtfully targeted singing. With a tingling and wowing “Pazzo son!” that closed Act 3, as the captain of the ship sees des Grieux’s grief, Jagde gave substance to a moment in life when things change in a flash and let loose the greatest emotive highlight of opening night.”
– Opera Chaser
Photo: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera