Nita Baxani, Soprano
Hailed by The New York Times as “a most striking interpreter,” Nita Baxani, soprano, has performed a wide range of art songs, oratorio, opera, and musical theater in the U.S. and Europe. Born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and Indian father, she has appeared in national tours of Bombay Dreams and The King and I with Sandy Duncan. Her operatic roles have included world premieres at LaMama ETC, and she has performed as a soloist at The Kennedy Center and with the Atlanta Symphony Pops Orchestra. After teaching music in Germany, Ms. Baxani is back in New York City, earning a doctorate in music education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dominic Inferrera, Baritone
Frequent Choral Society soloist, baritone Dominic Inferrera has performed in opera, concert, pops, and jazz, including John Eaton’s acclaimed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Symphony Space, “The Celebrant” in Bernstein’s Mass (Cornell University Theatre guest artist), several roles with Opera Festival of New Jersey, including “The Son” in Six Characters in Search of an Author, “Moralès” in Carmen, “Wagner” in Faust, and the “Maggiordomo” in Vanessa. He has performed “Escamillo” in Carmen and “Silvio/Marco” in Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi with with OperaDelaware, “Masetto” in Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera and Annapolis Opera, “Lescaut” in Manon Lescaut with Opera Memphis, “Guglielmo” in Così fan Tutte with Capital City Opera, and with Encompass Opera Theater, “The Swineherd” in A Full Moon in March. Inferrera’s concert repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, “Pontius Pilate” in BAM’s acclaimed St. Matthew Passion, and performances with the Seattle Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the Meredith Monk Ensemble. His recordings include Orpheus and Other Works by Louis Karchin (Albany Records).
Enrico Lagasca, Bass-Baritone
A native of the Philippines, bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca sings opera, oratorio, chamber music, and in recitals, with a repertoire spanning from the Renaissance through the 21st century. He has performed as soloist and chorister with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has toured internationally with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Lagasca regularly sings in the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Bach Choir at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and frequently appears with The Bard Festival Chorus, New York Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, and the Oratorio Society of New York. Lagasca has worked with conductors Alan Gilbert, Riccardo Mutti, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Vallet, and Leon Botstein, to name a few. Before immigrating to the U.S., he had a distinguished singing career in the Philippines, touring around the world with the acclaimed Philippine Madrigal Singers. In addition, Lagasca teaches and conducts the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir, a New York-based Filipino volunteer choir, and the Philippine-American Choral Project.