ROGELIO B. PEÑAVERDE, JR. (Tenor), is a native of Manila, Philippines. Praised as a singer “with engaging presence” displaying a “strong, dependable vocal equipment which flawlessly soars and sustains high notes long and firmly”, he finished his Masters in Voice at the Manhattan School of Music where he was a merit scholar. He took his undergraduates studies at the Conservatory of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. There, he was a scholar of the alumni association.
Peñaverde began the year performing the role of Amaryllus from Vaughn Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss with the Bronx Opera Company. This was followed by his performance as Ali from Spohr’sZemire und Azor with the Liederkranz Opera Theater. He has just finished a performance as Ferrando from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, as well as a concert performance celebrating the centennial of Philippine National Artist Felipe Padilla del Leon at the Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufmann Center in New York City. His past opera credits include the roles of Don Ottavio from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Ernesto from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Tamino from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, and Lorenzo from Auber’s Fra Diavolo. His concert appearances include the tenor leads for Bizet’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D Major, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai. He has worked with the New York City Opera, the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York, the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York, the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Peñaverde is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the 2009 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. He is a three-time Grant Awardee of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
(As of September, 2012)
LEO PAOLO LUCIANO LEAL (Tenor), an alumnus of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, finished his degree in Bachelor of Music in Voice at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2011, he performed the role of Beppo from Daniel Auber’s Fra Diavolo with the Bronx Opera. He has also sung the roles of Basilio and Curzio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Ben Budge in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Little Bat in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. He has also performed as a soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, Bach’s “B-minor mass” and Dubois’ “Seven Last Words,” to name a few. He has also sung with the Carnegie Hall Professional Choral Workshop with Helmuth Rilling featuring Haydn’s Creation, the National Chorale of New York at the Lincoln Center, Die Liebe Der Danae for the 2011 Bard Summerscape with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra and as a scholar for the Oratorio Society of New York with Kent Tritle. He currently sings with Schola Dominicana, a 12-member professional ensemble based at St. Catherine of Siena Church in the Upper East Side.
(As of August, 2012)
ENRICO LAGASCA (Bass-Baritone), an alumnus of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, studied at the University of the Philippines College of Music and is a current Vocal Performance student at the Mannes College The New School for Music. An active professional chorister and soloist in New York City, Enrico is a member of New York professional choirs, the Choir of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Salvatones. He regularly performs professionally with the Collegiate Chorale and the New York Virtuoso Singers. He has sung with the Oratorio Society of New York and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir. Performance credits include Miss Saigon in Los Angeles in 2008, the Professional Choral Workshop featuring Berlioz’s requiem at Carnegie Hall with Robert Spano, the Lincoln Center Summer Festival in 2010 with the NY Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert, conductor), Die Liebe der Danae in 2011 and the Bard SummerScape in 2011 and 2012 with Leon Botstein, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra tour of Israel and Salzburg Festival with Riccardo Muti and Zubin Mehta in 2012, to name a few. Enrico is on his second year as Assisting Conductor of San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir.
(As of August, 2012)