Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (The New York Times), Philippines born 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. Enrico is an alumnus of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and have sung with the group for almost 6 years in concert tours and competitions winning top prizes around the world. In 2008, Enrico moved to New York City and have since been a full time singer. He has maintained regular concert seasons with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Musica Sacra New York, The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, and the Trinity Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Enrico is also in the Extra Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. 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 has appeared with several notable orchestras as soloist and chorister 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.
Some of his recent performance highlights include Solo 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). Enrico is an advocate of New Music and have premiered works by Gerald Cohen, Denise Hofmann, Stanislav Fridman, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Rubinstein, Nilo Alcala II, Joshua Cerdenia. 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 appeared as guest vocalist in concert tours of the Mark Morris Dance Company and Idan Cohen Dance Company. Enrico has been given the opportunity to work with some of the country’s brilliant conductors as guest soloist to their choirs such as 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, 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 and the 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.