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Praised by the New York Times as having a “beautiful sound”, 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.
In New York, Enrico regularly performs as soloist and chorister with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, 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, Clarion Music Society, and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus. Across America, Enrico regularly performs with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico, Conspirare and Ensemble VIII in Austin, Texas, Skylark Vocal Ensemble and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble in Massachusetts, Bach Collegium San Diego in California, Spire Vocal Ensemble in Kansas City, Missouri, The Thirteen in Washington D.C., and Seraphic Fire in Miami, Florida.
Enrico’s solo concert work has included 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, and many others. Enrico has performed a handful of Operatic roles, including the US premiere of Jonathan Dove's Monster in the Maze as Daedalus and 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. In song recital, Enrico’s repertoire include Strauss, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Muhly, Heggie, and many others.
Several orchestra performances 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. He has also worked 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, Matthew Halls, Jane Glover, John Butt, John Nelson, Kevin Newbury, Thaddeus Strassberger, Laura Alley Dietrich, Anthony Laciura, RB Schlather, among others. Enrico 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. 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.
Enrico has been a guest vocalist for the Mark Morris Dance Company, Idan Cohen Dance Company, 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. He has recorded albums with the 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 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.
Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines with Cecilia Valeña and at Mannes College of Music with Arthur Levy. He currently resides in Hudson Heights, New York. Proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.