A native of the Philippines, bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca is enjoying a career in Oratorio, Opera, Chamber Music, and Recitals with a repertoire spanning from Early to Contemporary music. Critically acclaimed for his “beautiful sound” (New York Times), “powerful and rich bass” (East Hampton Star) and “Impressive, deep, dark instrument” (Superconductor), Enrico sings as soloist and chorister in the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola with music director K. Scott Warren and the Bach Choir of the Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Donald Meineke. Enrico also frequently sings with Musica Sacra New York, The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, New York Choral Artists, The Bard Festival Chorus, Collegiate Chorale, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Oratorio Society of New York, and with Ensemble VIII in Austin, Texas and have performed as chorister and soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and have toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few.
Some of his most recent performance highlights include his role as a soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Mass in b minor, Buxtehude's Musikalisches Exequien & Ihr Lieben Christen, Mozart Requiem, Mass in D, Solemn Vespers, Bruckner's Te Deum and Rossini's Stabat Mater. His operatic roles include L’arbre/Fauteuil in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Collatinus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, Lautsprecher/Tod in Ullman’s Der Kaiser Von Atlantis, Blansac in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, among others. Enrico is also an avid performer of new music and has premiered performances of works by Gerald Cohen, Sharon Farber, Joel Mandelbaum, Joseph Rubinstein, Lowell Lieberman, and Stanislav Fridman.
In 2013, Enrico was privileged to be a finalist in the Das Lied International Song Competition headed by acclaimed baritone Thomas Quastoff in Berlin, Germany. In 2014 he was also a finalist in the 24th International Vocal Competition Le Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Enrico studied at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the Mannes College of Music.
Before moving to the United States, he had a distinguished career singing and touring with the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, two-time champions of the European Gran Prix for Choral Music and UNESCO Artists for Peace.
An advocate of promoting Filipino classical music in New York City, he is one of the Music Directors of San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir - a New York based Filipino volunteer choir devoted to serving the Filipino community through Eucharistic celebrations. He recently extended his talents as founder and conductor of the Philippine American Choral Project that will be launched in the Fall of 2016.
Enrico is active on social media and you may find him @enricolee.