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Lise Davidsen & Brian Jagde Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘La Forza del Destino’


The Metropolitan Opera is set to present a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” on Feb. 26, 2024. The new production will be directed by Mariusz Treliński, who previously directed “Iolanta,” Bluebeard’s Castle” and “Tristan und Isolde” at the Met. It also marks the return of the opera which has been absent at the company for 18 years. {…}


Étienne Dupuis, Javier Camarena, Sondra Radvanovsky, Brian Jagde Headline Casts for Royal Opera House’s 2024 Japan Tour


The Royal Opera House has announced the cast details for its Japan 2024 tour. “It’s a pleasure to be bringing these incredible works to Japan – with two stellar casts, our Royal Operas Chorus and of course Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,” said Music Director Antonio Pappano, who will conduct all the performances on the tour, in an official {…}


Brian Jagde, Luca Salsi & Nina Minasyan Lead Teatro Regio di Parma’s 2024 Season


The Teatro Regio di Parma announces its 2024 season. Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” will star Maxim Mironov, Marco Filippo Romano, Maria Kateava, Andrzej Filończyk, and Roberto Tagliavini. Diego Ceretta conducts. Performance Dates: Jan. 12-20, 2024 Nina Minasyan, John Osborn, Lodovico Filippo Ravizza, and Roberto de Candia star in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.“ Sesto Quatrini conducts Daniele Menghini’s production. Performance Dates: {…}


Ausrine Stundyte, Sara Jakubiak, Elena Guseva, Brian Jagde, Chiara Isotton Headline Opéra de Lyon’s 2023-24 Season


The Opéra de Lyon has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season kicks off with “Die Frau ohne Schatten” in a production by Mariusz Trelinski. Daniele Rustioni conducts a cast starring Sara Jakubiak, Josef Wagner, Ambur Braid, and Vincent Wolfsteiner. Performance Dates: Oct. 17 – 31, 2023 Daniele Rustioni conducts “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Elena Stikhina in the title role. The {…}


Brian Jagde & Anita Rachvelishvili Lead New ‘Aida’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper


Photo credit: Stefano Guindani Bayerische Staatsoper is set to present Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida.” Michieletto describes his new production by saying, “It’s a civil war, where people are not ready for violence, where death is cruel because it steps into the everyday life, into families, among children. I don’t want to present it as a military story {…}


Marianne Crebassa, Brian Jagde, Christian Van Horn & Franco Fagioli Lead Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ 2023-24 Season


The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has announced its 2023-24 season featuring opera, opera in concert, and recitals. Here is a look at the vocal performances of the season. Opera Thomas Hengelbrock conducts Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” in a production by Damiano Michieletto. Marina Viotti, Levy Sekgapane, Edward Nelson, and Peter Kálmán. Performance Dates: Oct. 9-19, 2023 Mozary’s “Die Zauberflöte” will be conducted {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Tenor Brian Jagde on His Journey from Baritone to Tenor


Photo: Fay Fox Brian Jagde spent his early voice coaching years under his teachers’ misguided notion that he was a baritone. Born in Long Island, New York, and raised just outside New York City, he eventually obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice. Under the guidance of New York voice coach Michael Paul, he switched to tenor and went {…}


Brian Jagde & Nino Machaidze Lead Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s ‘Pagliacci’


The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is set to celebrate Franco Zeffirelli’s centenary with Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” The work, which is set to be presented between March 12 and 19, was created in 1992 for the Opera di Roma. Daniel Oren conducts the production with Nino Machaidze and Valeria Sepe singing the role of Nedda, Brian Jagde and Luciano Ganci as Canio, {…}

News, Streaming

ZDF to Broadcast ‘Carmen’ from Arena di Verona with Elina Garanča & Brian Jagde


(Credit: Ennevi Foto) ZDF is set to broadcast Bizet’s “Carmen” from the Arena di Verona on August 19, 2022. The production by Franco Zeffirelli will star Elīna Garanča in the title role and Brian Jagde as Don Josè. They are joined by Claudio Sgura as Escamillo and Maria Teresa Leva as Michaela. Marco Armiliato conducts. The recording is the latest {…}