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, 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. 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, Alfredo (La Traviata) with Opera Grand Rapids, and his debut in the title role of Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Beijing Opera.