ANDRÉS LASAGA

VOCAL COACH

Tenor Andrés Lasaga obtained his Bachelor of Music from New World School of the Arts’ vocal program and performed several roles in their annual scenes program and productions such as Ernesto from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Mengone from Haydn’s Lo speziale. He received his Master’s of Music degree at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music where he had the opportunity to perform two Stravinsky operas: Mavra (Hussar) and The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell). Other roles include Britten’s The Turn of The Screw (The Prologue and Peter Quint), Lehar’s The Merry Widow (St. Brioche and Baron Popoff), Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (Bill), Massenet’s Cendrillon (Le Doyen de la Faculté), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Tamino and Monostatos).
He collaborated with the Florida Grand Opera Chorus in their 2015-2016 production of Bellini’s Norma, 2019-2020 season of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, The Master Chorale of South Florida’s concert of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and made his solo debut in the 2019-2020 New World Symphony season’s gala concert. Along with choir collaborations, Andrés had the honor of performing a recital at the Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria in the summer of 2017, and performed a concert of various operas by American composer Anthony Davis in 2019. Aside of singing, he has composed several art songs and instrumental works and had the opportunity of premiering his work in the South Florida community. The next project for Andrés Lasaga is performing the role of Orfeo in Miami Classical Music Festival’s 2021 summer production of Monteverdi’s L’orfeo.
As a teacher, Andrés always makes sure that every vocal class is both an enlightening and relaxing experience. During his college/ university years and even to this day, there are always two types of teachers who aids in the vocal student’s progress. One would focus on the technical and anatomical or in this case (vocal pedagogy) aspect on making sure that the following categories are done right and correct for the student. Such practices include: mouth structure, breathing and standing position, etc. that is the role of the voice teacher.
The second teacher is that of the vocal coach. Their responsibility is to ensure the student delivers an appropriate level of artistry to any piece they bring to the lesson. These include the following; display a variety of vocal colors and tension to compliment text or any compositional marking made by the composer. Serve justice to the character’s motive into why she/he is singing the piece, and to take a different approach on a song that have been done numerous times. With that, Andrés always takes on the role of both the teacher and coach and makes sure that there is a balance within all the categories.
Finally, a branch that is important and enjoyable when teaching a lesson whether it be in a group or private class setting is that of research. To explain to the student about the piece they are about to sing is vital. This can prepare them for any type of situation, such as auditions, competitions, or to equip them with a fair amount of knowledge for a production. In addition, Andres would also go in depth of the history of when the song was written and its reason as well as talking about the person who wrote the songs or musical. Overall, this type of practice can leave a grand impression on the student’s perception of the song they are prepared to do, and could leave them with a vast amount of options on how they can perform the same musical work.

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