... spacious in sound and intense with an incisive undertone. His arrival with the song of praise for Lola, at the opening of the opera, was a sensation.

“The opening of the 2019/2020 season at De Nationale Opera (DNO) could not have been more spectacular on Thursday evening … A spectacular work, especially with the compelling vocal qualities of the two solo teams. In the acting depiction of their roles, too, they drew the stories of love and infidelity into the audience …

In tenor Brian Jagde she {Anita Rachvelishvili} had a fantastic opponent, spacious in sound and intense with an incisive undertone. His arrival with the song of praise for Lola, at the opening of the opera, was a sensation.”

{De opening van het seizoen 2019/2020 bij De Nationale Opera (DNO) had donderdagavond niet spectaculairder kunnen zijn. Met zijn verbeelding van beide drama’s onder één grote theatrale boog zorgde regisseur Robert Carsen voor adembenemende momenten … Het spectaculaire school vooral in de meeslepende vocale kwaliteiten van de beide solistenteams. Ook in de acterende uitbeelding van hun rollen trokken zij de toeschouwers de verhalen over liefde en ontrouw binnen …

In tenor Brian Jagde had zij een fantastische tegenspeler, ruim van klank en heftig met een laconieke ondertoon. Zijn opkomst met het loflied op Lola, bij de opening van het stuk, was een sensatie.}
Franz Straatman – Place de l’Opera

“★★★★★ – Brian Jagde (Turiddu) was… a tenor of the outer class with an unprecedented swagger and daring.”

{Brian Jagde (Turiddu) was … een tenor uit de buitenklasse met een ongekende branie en durf.}
Peter van der Lint – Trouw

“… the attention goes directly to the plot, which is carried along with the all-burning Rachvelishvili by a series of impressive DNO debutants, including tenor Brian Jagde (Turridu) and mezzo Rihab Chaieb as charismatic Lola.

{… de aandacht gaat direct uit naar de plot, die naast de alles verzengende Rachvelishvili wordt gedragen door een reeks imposante reeks DNO-debutanten, onder wie tenor Brian Jagde (Turridu) en mezzo Rihab Chaieb als charismatische Lola.}
Mischa Spel – nrc.nl

“★★★★★ – It was an exciting night at the opera. Three leading American singers were making their Dutch National Opera debut and powerhouse mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili her much-anticipated return. All of them delivered on their promise, as the audience, grabbing every opportunity for mid-performance applause, made clear … {Brian Jagde} with an instrument this handsome and a characterisation this vehement, no one’s complaining. This Turiddu was a bit of a louse – even his true love Lola, a vocally seductive Rihab Chaieb, was disgusted by his drunken behaviour. Jagde invested him with explosive bravado, which was punctured during his agonised farewell to Mamma Lucia, a fierce Elena Zilio – one of several goosebump moments of the evening … The bar for the rest of the season has been set very high.”
Jenni Camilleri – Bachtrack

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