Lyric tenor Brian Jagde, a third-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera (SFO), has made it to the finals of Operalia, the world-class competition for young opera soloists founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993. Jagde cleared the semi-finals with a performance of “No! no! pazzo son!” from Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The good news is that medici.tv will be providing a live webcast of the 2012 Operalia Competition finals.
Not so good is the news about the scheduling of the event. This year the host city for Operalia is Beijing. That means that the webcast will begin at 4:30 AM tomorrow (Sunday) morning. Somewhat better news is that the order of the competitors has already been listed, along with the estimated time of each performance. Using those guidelines for an estimate, I have calculated that those wishing to hear Jagde perform should probably be able to manage with a connection established by 7 AM. Those who do not feel a strong need to be their (albeit virtually) when it happens may wish to know that there is a strong likelihood that medici.tv will upload the entire webcast to their archive for delayed viewing.
The next opportunity to hear Jagde perform in San Francisco will be in November, when he will sing Cavaradossi in five SFO subscription performances of Puccini’s Tosca, performing with Patricia Racette in the leading role.