Dominic Aquilino

Dominic Aquilino, Music Instructor at the Asheville Arts Center

This past summer Dominic M. Aquilino returned to Parkway Playhouse to perform the leading role of Curly in Oklahoma! to rave reviews. The rest of the season the singer made his debut with Asheville Lyric Opera and performed such roles as Belcore in Elixir of Love, Monterone in Rigoletto and Gregorio in Romeo and Juliette, all the while, settling into is new home with his new wife in Asheville, NC.

Recently the baritone reprised one of his favorite roles as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera and also returned to Ohio, where this time he was heard as Captain Corcoran in Dayton Operas H.M.S. Pinafore and as the Second Phillistine in Samson and Dalila.

That same spring, audiences in Utica, NY enjoyed the baritone as a featured soloist in a recital series at the prestigious Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. Some other recent reprisals include Marcello in La Boheme, a role for which he is widely recognized, in Washington D.C., and again in New York City with Cantiamo Opera, while simultaneously returning to the role of Shaunard in La Boheme with Dicapo Opera Theatre.

The two preceding summers Dominic returned to Cleveland where he had a very successful run as the Pirate King in Opera Clevelands The Pirates of Penzance, a role that, à la Captain Jack Sparrow, made him a huge audience favorite with its debut at Dayton Opera. There the singing actor also portrayed the unctuous Kodaly in She Loves Me with Lyric Opera Cleveland, and again last summer with the Parkway Playhouse, to rave reviews.

In his debut season with Dayton Opera he also sang Marullo in Rigoletto. Due to the success of his performances in Dayton, he was contracted later that summer with Cincinnati Opera, where he was a featured member of the Young Artist Program and covered the roles of Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen and the Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis.

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