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‘Tosca’ at San Francisco Opera
Tenor Brian Jagde, in his finest company outing to date, was a big-voiced Cavaradossi, producing firm, heroic sound throughout. His impassioned performance of the Act III aria, “E lucevan le stelle,” was a highlight of the evening.
“As Tosca’s lover Mario, tenor Brian Jagde was handsome, both vocally and in appearance, making for an alluring pairing with the entrancing Giannattasio. His sonorous, clear voice filled the house, and his top notes had particularly piercing power, culminating in a touchingly resolute rendition of the exquisite Act 3 “E lucevan le stelle.”
James Ambroff-Tahan – San Francisco Examiner
“Jagde, who was reprising a role he played here with authority and a thunderously exciting voice in 2012 and 2014 … Jagde more than held his own, whether he was belting out a torture victim’s defiant “Vittoria!” at the news of a military reversal for Scarpia or caressing his way through “E lucevan le stelle.”
Steven Winn – San Francisco Classical Voice
“Tenor Brian Jagde, in his finest company outing to date, was a big-voiced Cavaradossi, producing firm, heroic sound throughout. His impassioned performance of the Act III aria, “E lucevan le stelle,” was a highlight of the evening.”
Georgia Rowe – Mercury News
“On Wednesday, he handled the role with distinction, bringing ardor and vocal bloom to the big arias in Acts 1 and 3, and facing off nobly against the forces of right-wing oppression in Act 2.”
Joshua Kosman – San Francisco Chronicle
“Tenor Brian Jagde, veteran from the last two revivals here (2012 and 2014), came very close to being the hero for the night. His voice has darkened considerably since the last time I saw him, but he gained more depth and understanding in his interpretation. His Cavaradossi was a happy and carefree man, almost childlike, totally oblivious of the tragic turn of events.
This was particularly evident in the banter during the opening scene with Dale Travis’ Sacristan, played for laughs. “Recondita armonia” Jagde sang expressively without being overindulgent … From the “Mario! Mario” call, it was obvious that Giannattasio’s Tosca was a full-fledged woman; confident and yes, in love. Giannattasio has a dark soprano voice that was an asset for a role like Tosca. She and Jagde were believable as lovers, in fact, they developed great rapport and their voices blended harmoniously. Sparks flew on stage when they were together.”
Michael Anthonio – Parterre
“Caravadossi, sung by tenor Brian Jagde was hero-worthy. His soaring top register rang in each of his great arias, most particularly in “E Lucevan le stelle,” where his strength and power sent that voice to the stars above. We felt it. There was substantial intensity as he encircled Tosca in his arms, or when he threw Scarpia’s chair in Act two, or prepared for his “pretend” execution in Act three.”
Lois Silverstein – Operawire