Filipino-American bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca performs oratorio, opera, chamber music, and recitals with repertoire from early to contemporary music both as soloist and chorister across the United States and internationally.
“Enrico Lagasca’s bold bass-baritone impressed with unusual brilliance and power even in his lowest register” (San Diego Story). Mr. Lagasca is a seasoned performer of chamber music and performs as soloist and chorister with some of the country’s most reputable and distinguished groups such as the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran, 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, Clarion Music Society, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Washington Bach Consort, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, Bach Collegium San Diego, Spire Vocal Ensemble, The Thirteen, and Seraphic Fire.
“The emotional apex of the performance came immediately after the death of Jesus with bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca’s singing of ‘Mache dich, mein Herze rein’… Lagasca’s singing of the many repetitions of ‘Ich will Jesus selbst begraben’ in the aria, accompanied by the plaintive sounds of two oboe da caccia, was an outpouring of devotion and grief as elegant as it was moving.” (Seen and Heard International). Mr. Lagasca’s extensive concert repertory include Beethoven Symphony no. 9, Handel Messiah, Haydn The Creation, Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, Bach Mass in B Minor, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle & Stabat Mater, Handel Dixit Dominus, solo cantatas from Franz Tunder to Leo Sowerby. In the operatic stage, Mr. Lagasca has performed the US premiere of Jonathan Dove's Monster in the Maze as Daedalus, Gerald Cohen's World Premiere of Steal a Pencil For Me as one of the Prison Guards, as L’arbre/Fauteuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Collatinus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, and Lorenzo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi.
A deep love in song. As a song recitalist, Mr. Lagasca’s repertory range from Strauss, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Muhly, Heggie to songs from Asia written by Nilo Alcala, Saunder Choir, Joshua Credenia, and many others. “At one dramatic moment, Fleming suggested that the fabulous bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca, try singing a letter from a wife to a husband in both voices.” (Berkshire Fine Arts).
Mr. Lagasca’s orchestra appearances include with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Classical Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, to name a few. Mr. Lagasca has had the pleasure to work with distinguished conductors and stage directors, including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Pablo Heras-Casado, Joann Falletta, Alan Gilbert, Christoph von Donyanhi, Carl St. Clair, Joseph Colaneri, Craig Hella-Johnson, Joshua Habermann, Ruben Valenzuela, Matthew Halls, Jane Glover, John Butt, John Nelson, Kevin Newbury, Thaddeus Strassberger, Laura Alley Dietrich, Anthony Laciura, RB Schlather, among others.
As an ardent performer of New Music, Mr. Lagasca has premiered works by Jonathan Dove, David Lang, Gerald Cohen, Denise Hofmann, Stanislav Fridman, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Rubinstein, Nilo Alcala II, Joshua Cerdenia, Luna Pearl Woolfe, and Richard Danielpour.
A frequent performer in several Music Festivals which 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.
“Bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca summoned nearly as much volume as everyone else onstage put together, and matched that visceral force with vivid phrasing.” (Tim Smith for ByTimSmith). Mr. Lagasca has been a guest vocalist for the Mark Morris Dance Company, Idan Cohen Dance Company, Les Délices, The Canales Project, Pacific Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts, Bourbon Baroque, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Ars Musica New Jersey, Fairfield County Chorale, Westchester Choral Society, Danbury Orchestra, Bedford Chamber Orchestra, Crescendo Early Music Ensemble.
Discography include with Philippine Madrigal Singers, ACRONYM, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, American Symphony Orchestra, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Conspirare, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. He has appeared in 4 Grammy-nominated albums.
Mr. Lagasca was a finalist in the Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin, Germany, in 2013 and in the 24th International Vocal Arts Competition Le Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 2015. In 2019, he was a participant in Renee Fleming's inaugural Song Studio at Carnegie Hall.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Mr. Lagasca started his singing career with the national choir in the Philippines - the Philippine Madrigal Singers. He pursued his studies at the University of the Philippines and in New York at Mannes College of Music. As an educator himself, Mr. Lagasca keeps a small private vocal studio, oftentimes appear as a visiting artist in schools such as Southern Virginia University, Amherst College, and others, and a mentor for TENET Vocal Artists’ Mentorship Program. Mr. Lagasca currently resides in New York City and is a Proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.