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Brian Jagde

Tenor

Biography

Brian Jagde in action.
Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly © ROH 2015. Photo by Bill Cooper

American tenor Brian Jagde made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and has since returned to sing Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur).

Jagde has performed several roles for San Francisco Opera, including Radames (Aida), Don José (Carmen), Pinkerton and Cavaradossi (Tosca), and was also a member of the company’s Adler and Merola programmes. He made his European debut in 2013 as Werther in Póznan. Engagements since have included Don José for Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Don José and Cavaradossi for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Prince (Rusalka) for Houston Grand Opera, Ismaele (Nabucco) for Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Minnesota Opera and Palm Beach Opera, Count Elemer (Arabella) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Rodolfo (La bohème) in Munich and Mexico City and his debut solo recital in Davis, California.

Jagde’s many awards include second prize and the Birgit Nilsson Wagner/Strauss Prize at Operalia (2012) and first prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition (2014). He is a passionate advocate for arts education in schools.

Photos

Brian Jagde. Photograph by Simon Pauly

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton and Kristin Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Hrachuhi Bassenz as Adriana Lecouvreur and Brian Jadge as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Gabriele Viviani as Sharpless and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Gabriele Viviani as Sharpless, Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Vlada Borovko and Brian Jagde in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Angela Gheorghiu and Brian Jagde in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton and Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly

Yuriy Yurchuk as Yamadori and Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly

Brian Jagde in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Brian Jagde in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Angela Gheorghiu and Brian Jagde in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Hrachuhi Bassenz as Adriana Lecouvreur and Brian Jadge as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Brian Jadge as Maurizio Hrachuhi Bassenz as Adriana Lecouvreur in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Brian Jagde as Lieutenant Pinkerton and Carlo Bosi as Goro in Madama Butterfly