Brian Jagde | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.

Brian Jagde headshot 1 by Ken Howard

Brian is a graduate of The Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music as well as the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera.

While Brian has graced many stages—from the Royal Opera House to the Teatro San Carlo—this production marks his WNO debut.

Fun fact! Brian studied computer science and business in college for two years before deciding that singing was “the coolest thing I’ve ever done.” He was then accepted into music school as a tenor, but because of the colors of his voice and the training methods used by his instructors, it was decided he was a baritone. He studied and performed for ten years as a baritone before meeting with a tenor teacher. There Brian was told—officially—that he is, in fact, a tenor. 

Some chosen roles on Brian’s long list of performances include Radamès in Aida, the prince in Rusalka, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Count Elemer in Arabella.

Enjoy Brian’s Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR offices!


The Associated Press hails Brian as “the talent to watch for the future,” while San Francisco Classical Voice says Brian “made me believe in his singing.”

Buy tickets for Madame Butterfly and revel in Brian’s voice live. (Note that the role of Pinkerton will be performed by Dimitri Pittas on certain dates.)

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