Brian returns to two houses in Germany at the beginning of the fall: Staatsoper Hamburg tosing Des Grieux in concert performances of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot. He then travels to Vienna to star as Maurizio in Cilea’s AdrianaLecouvreur at the Wiener Staatsoper. These performances feature Sir David McVicar’s staging which Brian previously starred in at the Royal Opera House, where he was celebrated for his “power and tonal beauty” (What’s OnStage). In December, Mr. Jagde makes his highly anticipated principal role debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca.To ring in the New Year, Jagde debuts at the Teatro La Fenice in their annual Capodanno concerts, marking his first performances at the historic theater. The final performance will receive a live television broadcast via Rai1.
In January 2022, Brian sings Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Wiener Staatsoper, followed by a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Two Puccini roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin follow in the late spring, Cavaradossi and Pinkerton. Mr. Jagde will also return to the Arena di Verona throughout the summer, and he will makehis role debut as Samson in Samson et Dalila at Teatro di San Carlo in Fall 2022 and again at the beginning of 2023 at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Last season, Brian made his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, followed by his first collaboration with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Long Yu to record Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erdefor a Deutsche Grammophon release. Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot. Additional engagements included his debuts with Opera Philadelphia singing Cavaradossi in outdoor performances of TheDream of Tosca, Don José (Carmen) in concert for the Teatro di San Carlo, his debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival in a concert of operatic highlights,and Turiddu in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Cavalleria rusticana at the Meadowbrook Amphitheater.
Performances canceled or rescheduled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic include Tosca (Cavaradossi) at the Wiener Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, StaatsoperBerlin (debut), the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka (Prince) at the Dutch National Opera, his role debut as Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore at Opéra national de Paris, Verdi’s Aida (Radamès) at the Royal Opera House and in concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at Festival de Lanaudière (debut), a solo recital at the Festival Castell de Peralada (debut), Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Teatro alla Scala(debut), Verdi – Berio’s Otto romanze with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (debut), Mahler’s Das lied von der Erdein concert with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (recorded for a future Deutsche Grammophon release), and a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio&, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The 2019/20season included Jagde’s staged role debut as Turiddu in a new production of Cavalleria rusticana at the Dutch National Opera, released on DVD / Blu-ray by Naxos, and his debut as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at San Francisco Opera, followed by performances of the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Jagde returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago in early 2020, to sing Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
In 2018/19 Brian Jagde returned to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Tosca, and to London’s Royal Opera House as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, followed by performances as Calaf in a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo.He debuted as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Luigi in Puccini’s Il tabarro in concert with the Dresdner Philharmonie, captured for acclaimed releases on the Pentatone label. Jagde sang his first Enzo Grimaldo in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda for his first performances at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, followed by an acclaimed debut at the Opéra national de Paris as Don Alvaro in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino, where he was lauded as “a revelation” (Ôlyrix).