Baritone Dominic Aquilino has most recently starred in Asheville Lyric Opera’s Tosca, Cosi fan Tutte, La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto and Romeo and Guiliette, as well as, being seen as both the title roles in Dracula and Robin Hood:The Legend of Sherwood, Curly in Oklahoma, Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Michael Snow in I Do, I Do, Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Thomas Jefferson in 1776 , Johnny Cash and "Jeremy" in Ring of Fire and Kodaly in She Loves Me at the Historic Parkway Playhouse and the Haywood Arts Regional Theater.
A Professional Opera Singer and Singing Actor, Mr. Aquilino travels throughout the United States singing and acting principal and supporting roles with various opera and theater companies.
He has been a featured performer at The Sante Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Dayton Opera, Orlando Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Cleveland, Utah Festival Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, to name a few, and has starred on stage and studio with the likes of such premier artists as Denyce Graves, Sherrill Milnes, Mark Delavan, Tim Noble, Greer Grimsley, Richard Leech and Catherine Malfitano.
His favorite roles to date are Marcello in La Bohéme, The Don in Don Giovanni, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Silvio in Pagliacci, Curly in Oklahoma, Dracula and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
Mr. Aquilino created the role of Jaffrey in the World Premiere Production of Scott Eyerly’s The House of the Seven Gables in New York City and again portrayed the villain on the opera’s Albany Records release. Of his portrayal of this lago-like character Opera News said: “Dominic Aquilino conveys both the power and menace of Jaffrey- his outward righteousness and his interior villainy through purely vocal means.”
Dominic is winner of the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor’s Competition and a Merit Scholar from The Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre at Mars Hill College and Western Carolina University .
This summer he can be seen and heard as Billy Bigelow in Asheville Lyric Opera's fully staged concert of Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel. He will also be Assitant Directing this production!
Dominic M. Aquilino as Billy Bigelow in Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel with Kristen Hedberg as Julie Jordan
Stay tuned for other exciting performances!