Enrico Lagasca, bass baritone
Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (The New York Times), Filipino-American bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca is enjoying a career in Oratorio, Opera, Chamber Music, and Recitals with repertoire from Early to Contemporary Music both as Soloist and Chorister across America. In New York, his regular season include performances with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Sacra, Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, TENET Vocal Artists, and Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Across America, Enrico performs with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico, Conspirare and Ensemble VIII in Austin, Texas, Skylark Vocal Ensemble in Massachusetts, Bach Collegium San Diego in California, and Seraphic Fire in Miami, Florida.
Enrico Lagasca has appeared with several notable orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Classical Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few, and had a pleasure to have worked with distinguished Conductors and Stage Directors such Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Pablo Heras-Casado, Joann Falletta, Alan Gilbert, Christoph von Donyanhi, Carl St. Clair, Joseph Colaneri, Craig Hella-Johnson, Matthew Halls, Anthony Laciura, Thaddeus Strassberger, Laura Alley Dietrich, Kevin Newbury, RB Schlather, among others. An advocate of New Music, Enrico has premiered works by Gerald Cohen, Denise Hofmann, Stanislav Fridman, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Rubinstein, Nilo Alcala II, Joshua Cerdenia, Luna Pearl Woolfe, Richard Danielpour. Festival appearances include the Salzburg Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Twelfth Night Festival, Webern Festival, Time’s Arrow Festival, and the Bard Summerscape Festival.
Some recent performance highlights as Soloist include performances of Beethoven Symphony no. 9, Haydn The Creation, Charpentier Le reniement de Saint Pierre, Bach Mass in B Minor, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, Purcell Odes, Handel Dixit Dominus, Operatic roles as L’arbre/Fauteuil (Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Collatinus (Britten’s Rape of Lucretia), Lorenzo (Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi).
Performances as guest vocalist include with the Mark Morris Dance Company, Idan Cohen Dance Company, Baltimore Choral Arts, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Ars Musica New Jersey, Fairfield County Chorale, Westchester Choral Society, Danbury Orchestra and Chorus, Bedford Chamber Orchestra, Crescendo Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded discs with the Philippine Madrigal Singers, ACRONYM, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, American Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Fe Desert Chorale. In 2013, he was a finalist in the Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin Germany and in 2015 in the 24th International Vocal Arts Competition Le Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines with Cecilia Valeña and at Mannes College of Music with Arthur Levy. Vocal coaches include Daniel Beckwith, Ted Taylor, Susan Versage. He currently resides in Queens, New York, is active on social media and you may find him @enricolee.