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Brian Jagde was born in New York and is a graduate of the San Francisco’s Adler Fellowship and Merola programs. In 2012, he received second prize together with the Birgit Nilsson Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. Soon thereafter, his career took on an international dimension. He sang the roles of Don José (Carmen) in San Francisco, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Limoges Opera; Cavaradossi (Tosca) in Santa Fe and Berlin, Rodolfo (La Bohème) at the Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Ismaele (Nabucco) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, and Count Elemer (Arabella) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 2015, he made debut appearances at London’s Royal Opera House (Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly) and the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Cavaradossi). In the seasons which followed, he tackled numerous roles including Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) at the Royal Opera House, Radames (Aida) in San Francisco, and Froh (Rheingold) with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made guest appearances at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Washington Opera and the Hamburg Staatsoper (Pinkerton), the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, London’s Royal Opera House (Don José), Houston’s Grand Opera (the Prince in Rusalka), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Macduff in Macbeth), and the Palm Beach Opera (Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos). More recently, he made his debut appearance in Seattle (Radames) and performed for the first time at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Verona Arena (Don José), the Zurich Opera, the San Francisco Opera (Cavaradossi), and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (Verdi’s Requiem). He made his debut in the role of Calaf (Turandot) in San Francisco and performed in the production of Korngold’s opera Das Wunder der Heliane (Der Fremde) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He has also sang the roles of Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Luigi (Il Tabarro) with the Dresdener Philharmonie, Enzo Grimaldi (La Giodonda) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) for his Paris Opera debut. During the 2019-2020 season, he is appearing at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Prince in Rusalka), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the San Francisco Opera (Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut), the Vienna Staatsoper, the New York Metropolitan Opera (Cavaradossi), and the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Pinkerton).
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