Dominic Michael Aquilino has been heralded as possessing a voice “darkly rich and equally lyric and handsome….“Baritone Dominic Aquilino vocally strong and darkly handsome, acted and sang the unrepentant title role (Don Giovanni) with chilling realism.” The Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio
With over 25 years of opera and theater credits, Dominic Michael Aquilino has been a principal and featured performer at some of the nations leading companies; The Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Orlando Opera, Cleveland Opera, The National Opera, The Manhattan Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, The Broadhollow Theater, Theater Three and the Brevard Music Center.
Parkway Playhouse audiences may remember him as starring as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Curly in Oklahoma, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Franklin Hart Jr. in 9 to 5, and Kodaly in She Loves Me. Dominic is excited to be returning to the Parkway stage this summer as Oberon, King of the Fairies in Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Since moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mr. Aquilino has performed in Operas, Musicals and Plays. With the Asheville Lyric Opera Dominic has taken the stage in such roles as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Marcello in La Boheme, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Morales and Dancairoin Carmen, Angelotti in Tosca, Monterone in Rigoletto, Belcore in Elixir of Love and Gregorio in Romeo et Julliette.
And on an other local theater stage, Haywood Arts Regional Theater, the versatile performer has also been busy these past few seasons as Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire, Michael Snow in I Do, I Do, Del Delmonico in Breaking Up Is Hard to Do! and Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza.
Some of Mr. Aquilino’s other favorite roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Silvio in Pagliacci, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, El Gallo in The Fantasticks in NY, The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and the role he created and recorded on the Albany Records Labelin New York for the World Première Opera, the villainous Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon in The House of the Seven Gables.
The New York Times and Opera News said this of his performance:
“ Dominic Aquilino conveys both the power and menace of Jaffrey- his outward righteousness and his interior villainy-through purely vocal means…Dominic Aquilino’s solid baritone was well suited to the music that Mr. Eyerly gave the oily, grasping Jaffrey.”
As a merit scholar, Mr. Aquilino received his Masters of Music and Professional Studies credits from The Manhattan School of Music. The busy performer serves on faculty as a Professor of Music and Drama at Mars Hill University and Western Carolina University, and recently joins the Music and Theater faculty at ETSU.
In addition, he has lead classes for the Asheville Arts Center, Parkway Playhouse, Milligan College’s Summer Arts Festival and has over 15 years of national outreach experience educating children from Harlem to Salt Lake City.