Drawing: Brian Jagde

Brian Jagde

American tenor Brian Jagde made his Royal Opera debut this month as opera’s most notorious love ’em and leave ’em characters, Lieutenant BF Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. His bio describes him as “one of the most engaging and exciting lirico-spinto tenors of his generation”. Having not encountered such a description, I looked it up. Apparently it is a voice that is versatile enough to sing a lighter or darker, more powerful sound when required.

Brian’s many awards include second prize and the Birgit Nisson Prize at Operalia 2012 and first prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition.

After missing him at the Royal Opera House, I returned on Saturday morning and swam my way to the stage door, emerging from the Covent Garden tube station to encounter a monsoon, but avoided water damage to the sketch.

The security people didn’t know who Brian was, I said (with charade actions) “tall with bright eyes”. They clicked! It was worth it. Not only did he sign my sketch, but wrote a lovely note wanting to see more of my drawings. I’ll send him another original.

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