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Brian Jagde

Brian Jagde

American tenor Brian Jagde has emerged as one of the most engaging and exciting artists of his generation.

Jagde launches his 2018/19 season with a return to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Puccini's Tosca. 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 recorded 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.

Past seasons have featured his Metropolitan Opera debut as Count Elemer (Arabella); his appearance as Don José at San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Opéra de Limoges; as Cavaradossi at Santa Fe Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; 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 and 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.