Acclaimed to have “a beautiful sound” (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 started singing when he joined the Philippine Madrigal Singers and have sung with the group in concert tours and competitions winning top prizes around the world for almost 6 years. In 2008, Enrico moved to New York City and have since been a full time singer with regular performances 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. Across America, Enrico performs with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico, 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.
Recent performance highlights include Soloist in 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, Operatic roles as L’arbre/Fauteuil (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Collatinus (Rape of Lucretia), Lorenzo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi). Festival appearances include the Salzburg Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Twelfth Night Festival, and the Bard Summerscape Festival.
In recitals, Enrico’s program mostly consist of Strauss, Mahler, Schumann, Brahms, Bach, Schütz, Debussy, Hensel, Boulanger, interspersed with New Works by Filipino and American composers. He has premiered works by Gerald Cohen, Denise Hofmann, Stanislav Fridman, Joseph Rubinstein, Joshua Cerdenia, Nilo Alcala, Eudenice Palaruan. In 2018-2019, Enrico will embark on a recital concert tour with acclaimed Steinway Artist Victor Asuncion in Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles in the United States, and across the world in Philippines and Singapore.
Enrico has appeared as guest vocalist in concert tours of the Mark Morris Dance Company and Idan Cohen Dance Company, guest soloist with Baltimore Choral Arts, Choral Society of the Hamptons, 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. Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines and at Mannes College of Music. He currently resides in Queens, New York, is active on social media and you may find him @enricolee.