In October, Brian Jagde made his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, followed by his first collaboration with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Long Yu to record Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for a Deutsche Grammophon release. Additional season engagements include his debuts with Opera Philadelphia singing Cavaradossi in outdoor performances of The Dream of Tosca and as Turiddu in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Cavalleria rusticana at the Meadowbrook Amphitheater, and a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot.
Performances canceled or rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic include Tosca (Cavaradossi) at the Wiener Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin (debut), the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, and Teatro alla Scala (debut); a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka (Prince) at the Dutch National Opera; his role debut as Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore at Opéra national de Paris; Verdi’s Aida (Radamès) at the Royal Opera House and in concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at Festival de Lanaudière (debut); a solo recital at the Festival Castell de Peralada (debut); Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Verdi – Berio’s Otto romanze with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (debut); Mahler’s Das lied von der Erde in concert with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (recorded for a future Deutsche Grammophon release); and a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio & Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The 2019/20 season included Jagde’s staged role debut as Turiddu in a new production of Cavalleria rusticana at the Dutch National Opera, released on DVD / Blu-ray by Naxos, and his debut as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at San Francisco Opera, followed by performances of the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Jagde returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago in early 2020, to sing Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
In 2018/19 Brian Jagde returned to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Tosca, and to London’s Royal Opera House as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, followed by performances as Calaf in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. He debuted as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Luigi in Puccini’s Il tabarro in concert with the Dresdner Philharmonie, captured for acclaimed releases on the Pentatone label. Jagde sang his first Enzo Grimaldi in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda for his first performances at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, followed by an acclaimed debut at the Opéra national de Paris as Don Alvaro in Verdi’s epic La forza del Destino, where he was lauded as “a revelation” (Ôlyrix).
Brian began the 2017/18 season in his debut as Calaf in Turandot at San Francisco Opera: “Jagde has clearly arrived as a world-class heroic tenor in this role debut … His “Nessun dorma” showed a huge breadth of space, moving seamlessly from an intimate whisper to a hall-filling embrace … his highs beautifully rode the crest of the orchestral wave” (Parterre). He debuted at Opernhaus Zürich as Cavaradossi (Tosca) and sang the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Jagde then made his first appearance at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as the tenor soloist for a broadcast performance of Verdi’s Requiem. He made a spectacular debut as Der Fremde in a new Christof Loy production of Korngold’s rarely performed Das Wunder der Heliane at Deutsche Oper Berlin, released on DVD and Blu-ray by Naxos.
In May 2018 he made his house debut at Seattle Opera as Radamès in Aida. He returned to Europe to sing Don José in Carmen, marking his house debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Arena di Verona, the latter being a new production to open the Arena’s season. Jagde then starred as Cavaradossi in Tosca for his return to the Teatro di San Carlo.
Recent seasons have featured other important debuts, including Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) at the Royal Opera House; Radamès in a new production of Aida at San Francisco Opera; and Froh (Das Rheingold) in his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic. House debuts have included Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) at the Teatro Massimo, Washington National Opera, and Staatsoper Hamburg; Don José (Carmen) in a new production at the Teatro San Carlo and the Bayerische Staatsoper; Houston Grand Opera as the Prince (Rusalka); Macduff (Macbeth) at the Teatro Real; Cavaradossi (Tosca) at Oper Stuttgart and Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Palm Beach Opera. In the spring of 2017, Jagde presented a concert in Davis, CA with soprano Joyce El-Khoury and pianist Robert Mollicone.
In 2015, Jagde made his first appearance at the Royal Opera House as Pinkerton and sang Cavaradossi in his premiere engagement at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also gave a “radiant” and “glorious” (San Francisco Classical Voice) solo recital debut at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA, with pianist Craig Terry.
Past seasons have featured his Metropolitan Opera debut as Count Elemer (Arabella); Don José at San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Opéra de Limoges; Cavaradossi at Santa Fe Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rodolfo (La bohéme) with the Ópera de Bellas Artes; Ismaele (Nabucco) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia; and the Prince (Rusalka) and Narraboth (Salome) at Opera San Antonio. He was also seen as Pinkerton at San Francisco Opera; Matteo (Arabella) and Bacchus with Minnesota Opera; and Rodolfo with the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Castleton Festival. Jagde made his European debut in the title role of Werther and as Macduff at the Teatr Wielki Opera Poznan in Poland.
In addition to his stage career, Mr. Jagde advocates and volunteers for several arts education organizations and schools in New York City and across the US. He is an Ambassador for Opera for Peace, an international non-profit organization promoting equality, diversity, and social justice through artistic collaboration, educational partnerships, and cultural exchanges. He serves on the faculty of Vincerò Academy, a newly launched online mentorship platform and vocal academy.
Jagde has received numerous accolades, including top prize at the Loren L. Zachary Competition (2014) and second prize in the Operalia Competition (2012). Jagde won additional honors at Operalia for his interpretations of Wagner-Strauss repertoire, receiving the Birgit Nilsson Prize. He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Adler and Merola Programs.
Brian Jagde was born and raised in New York, where he currently resides.