“Enrico Lagasca's deep bass-baritone giving the Nazarene an otherworldly authority – a rock unmoved by the air blowing”
- The Austin Chronicle
"In a forward baritone with more than a little Fischer-Dieskau ache in it, Enrico Lagasca gave a dramatic portrayal of the traveler lured to his doom by an elf princess, while low strings loomed like the “Elfstones” of the poem"
"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’. It is one of the wonders of the St. Matthew Passion how Bach expressed the meaning of the simplest of texts, often childlike in their directness and innocence, in music so profound. 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."
"Lagasca expressively conveyed the essence of Den Bergtekne, utilizing his rich, resonant qualities with warmth and flexibility. With clarity, vocal control, and a commanding stage presence, Lagasca evoked the majestic, awe-inspiring images of Grieg’s Norwegian mountainscape. We experienced conflict, tragedy, and Romantic idealism. Lagasca evoked the music’s sense of yearning for freedom, the pursuit of dreams, aspirations, and the desire for adventure"
"Enrico Lagasca used his robust bass timbre to convincingly convey the cunning of Judas and the authority of Pilate, and his vibrant declamation underscored the impassioned pleas of his aria “Gebt mir meinen Jesu wieder!"
“…exceptional solo by bass Enrico Lagasca, a smallish man with a huge, bronze-like basso profundo instrument who made the most of his repeated exhortations to “Let my people go.”
"Bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca summoned the darkness from the rich core of his voice to contrast with his luminous vocal inflections that rendered some of his phrases iridescent as he weaved a musical spell, ensnaring the listeners into the story’s fatal course. Lagasca succeeded in conveying the tantalizing play between light and darkness through velvety tones and mesmerizing dynamic modulations as the song’s character longs for the joy of love and dance and the comfort of home but he encounters the Erlking daughter’s and the elf maidens’ empty, chilling embraces that lead him to his destruction. Accessing an impressive palette of subtle colors and displaying flawless pronunciation, Lagasca created an otherworldly, anguishing mood of an achingly slow and uncanny deathly heartbreak that haunted the imagination long after the concert."