Tenor Brian Jagde made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2010 as Joe (La Fanciulla del West) and returned as the Messenger (Aida), Janek (The Makropulos Case), Don José in Carmen for Families, Vitellozzo in Lucrezia Borgia, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and, most recently, Cavaradossi (Tosca). An alumnus of the 2009 Merola Opera Program and former Adler Fellow, he has appeared as Rodolfo (La Bohème) for Syracuse Opera and made his European debut in 2010 in the title role of Werther and as Macduff (Macbeth) for the Teatr Wielki in Poland. He also appeared as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Virginia Opera and Rodolfo at Castleton Festival Opera. This season, Jagde makes his house debuts at Covent Garden as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Cavaradossi in Tosca, at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia as Ismaele in Nabucco, and with the Ópera de Bellas Artes as Rodolfo in La Bohéme. He makes his role debut as Narraboth in Salome at Santa Fe Opera and Opera San Antonio. Jagde will also present a recital in February 2015, at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA. The second-prize winner at the 2012 Operalia Competition, Jagde won accolades for his interpretations of Wagner and Strauss repertoires, winning the Birgit Nilsson Prize at that competition. He recently made his debuts with Minnesota Opera as Pinkerton and with the Santa Fe Opera as Cavaradossi. Recent engagements include Cavaradossi with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rodolfo in concert performances of La Bohème with the Munich Philharmonic, and Alfredo (La Traviata) with Opera Grand Rapids.