Baritone Nicholas LaGesse has been hailed by The Huffington Post as "wonderful eye and ear candy." He most recently starred as Sheriff Danny Loewe [Count Danilo] in Pacific Opera Project's (POP) Western-themed The Merry Widow. During his 2015 season, he debuted as Jameson in the critically acclaimed, revolving location production of Hopscotch with the Industry in Los Angeles. Nicholas also starred as Harlequin in POP’s extremely successful production of Ariadne auf Naxos. His previous operatic roles include Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zuniga in the POP production of Bizet’s Carmen, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Claudio in Handel’s Agrippina, Jupiter in Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld, and Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Des dialogues des carmélites.
He has been honored as a finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, the winner of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition, and was a Bella Voce award recipient in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition. In addition to his musical endeavors, Nicholas is equally skilled in the world of Latin Dance. He has trained with The Omambo Dance Project, winners of the 2014 and 2015 World Latin Dance Competition and danced with the companies Clave y Tumbao and Bachata Caliente in Los Angeles. He previously was on the dance faculty of Soho Dance Los Angeles, where he taught Bachata and studied under the tutelage of former world champion Raul Santiago.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Music from UCLA, and has also trained at Marlena Malas’ summer voice institute at the Chautauqua Institution.