Brian Jagde excels as Don José as he reveals an extremely expansive tenor that is as impassioned as it is powerful.

“Brian Jagde excels as Don José as he reveals an extremely expansive tenor that is as impassioned as it is powerful.”
Sam Smith – Opera Online

“… in Brian Jagde a movingly-portrayed Don Jose … This Carmen has beauty and dignity in voice and manner … but in the big duets her pure sound blends perfectly with Jagde’s spinto tenor.”
Michael Church – The Independent

“… the more desperate the character becomes, the more his tenor opens up and lets the audience in.”
Geoff Brown – The Times

“American tenor Brian Jagde gave a convincing performance as Don Jose …”
William Hartston – Express

“US tenor Brian Jagde as the besotted Don José sings with the martial thump of a military man.”
Claudia Pritchard – Culture Whisper

“American tenor Brian Jagde gave a convincing efficiency as Don Jose …”
The Sun Best

“… it was in the moments of extreme rage and passion that Jagde really shone, using the power of his sound effectively making it clear just how startlingly on the edge José is.”
Alessia Naccarato – Schmopera

“When in their duet he sings the line ‘Carmen you have to love me too,’ I had shivers down my spine – the romance and passion was there on stage and in the music, and you could feel it did not bode well.”
Alexandra Sokowska – Plays to See

“Brian Jagde brings an equally commanding passion to Don José …”
Olivia Mitchell – Rewrite this Story

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