Aaron Agulay, baritone, is excited to be making his debut as a soloist with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Currently, he is on faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music and Voice at Washington State University where he teaches Studio Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Diction for Singers.
In addition to his teaching career, Agulay has extensive performing experience in venues and organizations worldwide, ranging from summer-stock theaters to nationally and internationally renowned opera houses. As the Grand Prize winner, Audience Choice and Director’s Choice of the Annapolis Opera Competition, he was praised with “…strong sound and stage craft…an acting baritone,” (The Baltimore Sun), and as the title character in Elena Kats-Cherin’s The Rage of Life at Konzert Theater Bern, “Possesses rich and exciting baritone timbres…executes a fine technique in an almost tenorial tesitura role.” (Kultureagenda, Bern, CH).
Some memorable performances include singing the role of Mr. Lindquist in “A Little Night Music” directed and designed by American fashion designer Isaac Mizarahi with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts singing the baritone solo in “The Wound-Dresser” by John Adams under the composer’s baton. Agulay made his operatic debut in Europe as a member of the Internationales Opern Studio and mainstage cast with Opernhaus Zürich. From his many mainstage roles, highlights include being a part of the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Gesualdo, Anno Schreier’s Die Stadt der Blinden and also singing in Leo Nucci’s last performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also was featured in a run of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s original production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory alongside Javier Camerena and Cecilia Bartoli, which is now featured on a Live Digital Video Recording by Decca Music Group Limited. Recently located in the Pacific Northwest, Agulay looks forward to finding new opportunities to continue performing within his new musical community.