Acclaimed tenor Brian Jagde will make his Lyric Opera debut in the role of Mario Cavarodossi in Puccini's fiery melodrama, Tosca (photo courtesy of Lyric Opera).

Acclaimed Tenor Brian Jagde Stepping into Lyric Opera Debut in Puccini's Tosca

Brian Jagde, one of the outstanding tenors of his generation with a burgeoning international career, will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago in Puccini’s lurid melodrama, Tosca. Jagde will star as Mario Cavarodossi, the painter/revolutionary who serves as the one of the central characters in the fiery opera. Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud announced this week that Jagde would replace the previously announced Ukrainian tenor Misha Didyk, who withdrew from the production, as reported, for personal reasons.

Jagde triumphed as Cavaradossi earlier this season at San Francisco Opera, and has also been acclaimed in the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and The Santa Fe Opera. Later this season he’ll portray Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and Ismaele/Nabucco at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain.

The American tenor made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2013-14 season as Count Elemer/Arabella in a live broadcast. An alumnus of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler and Merola Programs, Jagde has appeared on SFO’s main stage – in addition to this season’s Tosca – as Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly and Janek/The Makropulos Case, among other roles.  His European debut engagement occurred at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Poland, in the title role/Werther. The tenor won the 2014 Loren L. Zachary Competition, and was the second-prize winner at Plácido Domingo’s 2012 Operalia Competition. Jagde earned accolades for his interpretations of Wagner-Strauss repertoire with the Birgit Nilsson Prize.

In making his announcement Freud thanked Portland Opera and its general director Christopher Mattaliano for demonstrating flexibility in releasing Jagde to  make his Lyric debut in the role.Lyric Opera’s new production of Tosca opens on Saturday, January 24 with 10 performances through Saturday, March 14.

Jagde will appear with the first cast in the first five performances.Acclaimed tenor Jorge de León will perform the role February 27-March 14. Conducting all performances will be Dmitri Jurowski. The work will be sung in Italian with projected English texts.

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