American tenor Brian Jagde makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, singing Lieutenant F.B. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).
Jagde was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship Program, and for the company has sung roles including Pinkerton, Cavaradossi (Tosca), Vitellozzo (Lucrezia Borgia), Joe (La fanciulla del West) and Janek (The Makropulos Case). He made his European debut in 2013 as Werther in Póznan. Engagements since have included Don José (Carmen) in Limoges and for Portland Opera, Cavaradossi for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Santa Fe Opera, Pinkerton for Minnesota Opera, Prince (Rusalka) for San Antonio Opera, Matteo (Arabella) for Minnesota Opera and Count Elemer (Arabella) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Jagde's many awards include second prize and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at Operalia 2012 and first prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition. He is a passionate supporter of music education and music in schools.