Jagde launches his 2018/19 season with a return to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Puccini’s Tosca. Critics hailed his previous outings of the role in San Francisco, lauding his “energy and ardor” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “robust tenor” (Huffington Post). He then travels to London’s Royal Opera House, starring as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. He sings Calaf for the first time in Europe this season, in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot this January at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo.
In 2019, Brian Jagde embarks on a series of greatly anticipated house and role debuts. He will sing Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Luigi in Puccini’s Il tabarro for the first time, in concert with the Dresdner Philharmonie and conductor Marek Janowski. These performances will be captured for a future album release. Jagde then sings his first Enzo Grimaldi in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, marking his house and role debut. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Jagde makes his first appearance with the Opéra national de Paris, debuting as Don Alvaro in Verdi’s epic La forza del Destino at the Opéra Bastille, under the baton of Maestro Nicola Luisotti.
Brian began the 2017/18 season in his highly anticipated role 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 then traveled to Switzerland for his debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Cavaradossi (Tosca) and sang the role later in the season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In February 2018, Jagde made his first appearance at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as the tenor soloist for a live radio broadcast performance of Verdi’s Requiem, with conductor Edo de Waart and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Mr. Jagde 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, for a future release from the Naxos label: “Above all, the versatile tenor Brian Jagde crowned a cast list of exquisite quality. He gave tirelessly in color and volume, textual security, and heroic splendor in a sovereign interpretation of the ‘Stranger’ …” (Das Opernglas).
In May 2018 he made his house debut at Seattle Opera as Radamès in Aida. Following his time on the West Coast, 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 spring of 2017, Jagde presented a concert at the new Anne E. Pitzer Center 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; Rodolfo with the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Castleton Festival; and Narraboth at Santa Fe Opera. 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 arts education efforts with various organizations and schools, Mr. Jagde serves on the Advisory Board for Time In Kids, a NY-based non-profit providing arts access to at-risk children.
Jagde has received numerous accolades, including top prize at the Loren L. Zachary Competition (2014) and second prize in Plácido Domingo’s 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 just outside of New York City, where he currently resides.