American tenor Brian Jagde has emerged as one of the most engaging and exciting artists of his generation. In 2015, Jagde made his first appearance at the Royal Opera House as Pinkerton and sang Cavaradossi in his premiere engagement at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also gave a "radiant" and "glorious" (San Francisco Classical Voice) solo recital debut at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA.
Jagde launched his 2018 season with a return to the San Francisco Opera as Cavaradossi in a new production of Puccini's Tosca. Critics hailed his previous outings of the role in San Francisco, lauding his "energy and ardor" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "robust tenor" (Huffington Post).
In May 2018 he made his house debut at Seattle Opera as Radamès in Aida. Following his time on the West Coast, he returned to Europe to sing Don José in Carmen, marking his house debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre and the Arena di Verona, the latter being a new production to open the Arena's season. Jagde then starred as Cavaradossi in Tosca for his return to the Teatro di San Carlo.
In addition to his arts education efforts with various organizations and schools, Mr. Jagde serves on the Advisory Board for Time In Kids, a NY-based non-profit providing arts access to at-risk children.
In 2018 Jagde also became a Naväge Ambassador after his friend, colleague, and co-Naväge Ambassador Raymond Aceto introduced him to Naväge Nasal Care.
When asked how often he now uses Naväge, Jagde responded, “I use [Naväge] all the time because for me it’s a matter of being able to perform or not. Using the old forms of nasal irrigation, I would only do it once in awhile, whenever I was sick. I didn’t realize how often I should be using it because it was preventative. So the long and short of it is, if I can prevent getting sick that means I can perform, which means I can make money.” Jagde chuckles to himself. “I can only get paid if I sing, and any night I call off sick they’re like, Okay see ya, and that’s it, and then all the work you put into it won’t matter.
“So for me it’s more of a preventative measure. Avoiding getting sick.
“With Naväge, it's automated, so it’s much easier. There’s less mess, there’s less to clean up. In general, there’s a ton of benefits just having the fact that it has a motor... The reason people don’t like cleaning out their sinuses in general is because it's disgusting, and stuff is flying all over your sink, and you have no control, and it feels awkward. Where as this… most of the time I don’t feel it at all, unless I’m clogged up. And then it’s beneficial for that reason too, so there’s really no bad side of it.”