Jeff Hudson – The Davis Enterprise

Mondavi Center audiences last saw lyric tenor Brian Jagde, he was starring in the October 2013 “Rising Stars of Opera” concert.

Jagde had recently completed his term as one of the San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows, and had appeared in the San Francisco Opera’s 2012 production of “Tosca” in November/December 2013. Jagde sang the role of Caravadossi, and received warm reviews.

Since Jagde sang at Mondavi in 2013, he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in April 2014, singing the role of Count Elmer in “Arabella.” He returned to the San Francisco Opera twice in 2014, singing Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” in June/July, and reprising his role as Caravadossi in “Tosca” in November/December.

Then Jagde got a call from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in January. The tenor who had previously been booked to sing the role of Caravadossi in their production of “Tosca” had dropped out, just 12 days before opening night. Jagde stepped into the role on short notice, and earned excellent notices for his performance.

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