Biography
Blaise Claudio Pascal, lyric tenor, hails from the beautiful southern tropical island of St.Lucia in the Windward Islands of the West Indies. A new transplant from the West Coast, he now resides in New York City. Prior to his move Blaise was teaching voice lessons, workshopping with choirs and with rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents through the arts on island.
An avid supporter of charity, in July 2008 he was the featured artist in a song recital for the St. Lucia Salvation Army Meals on Wheels program. For that recital Blaise composed and arranged a special set of six Saint Lucian folksongs to classical piano with pianist Andrew Rosenblum. In December 2007, he sang a benefit recital for the St. Lucia School of Music where he teaches voice. While in Sicily, Italy in September 2007 as a participant of the Citta di Alcamo CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE PER CANTANTI LIRICI, he was asked to perform the title role of Hoffmann in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN in Brasov,Romania for Opera Brasov in October (see photo gallery).
August 2007, Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis, MO engaged Mr.Pascal as the happy dust drug-dealing Sportin' Life in Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS (see photo gallery). While residing in Los Angeles and working with vocal coach Armen Guzelimian on repertoire he was engaged in May 2007 with the Los Angeles Opera singing the role of Nelson in PORGY AND BESS.
Equally at home with the oratorio repertoire Mr. Pascal sang the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem for the Pittsburg Bach Choir and Orchestra under direction of Mr Thomas Wesley Douglas. He has also sang the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah. He has sung the role of King Kaspar in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Giancarlo Menotti for Opera Kansas in Wichita, KS.
Mr.Pascal was a Fellowship recipient at the renowned Aspen Music Festival where he sang the role of Sir Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" with Aspen Opera Theater while studying with Stephen Smith of The Julliard School(see Reviews). Previously, he attended Wichita State University and studied under Vernon Yenne and was directed by Marie Allyn King where he starred in the title role of "Tales of Hoffmann" and as Count Danilo in "The Merry Widow". Other roles to his credit are: Eisenstein in "Die Fledermaus",First Armed Man in "Die Zaubefloete", Arnalta in "L'incoronazione di Poppea", Le Mari in "Les Mamelles di Tiresias", Sid-el-Kar in "Desert Song" and Belize in "Angels in America".
Additionally Mr. Pascal has performed with the Wichita Grand Opera in "Carmen" as Remendado and as King Kaspar in "Amahl and the Night Visitors",and the boozing butler in Mr. Choufleurie with Opera Kansas. As a soloist in recital repertoire Blaise has sung in places such as Barcelona,Spain; Basel,Switzerland; Utrecht,Holland; Berlin,Germany; Florence, Pisa, Lucca,Italy; St.Lucia, St.Croix, and across Kansas.
Blaise is keen on vocal pedagogy and performance and as a result has been asked to conduct many masterclasses to assist aspiring singers in their vocal pursuits. He has been invited to the islands of Antigua, St.Lucia and St. Croix USVI to perform recitals in 2006 and to initiate a vocal program of studies through the Caribbean Development Program of which he is thrilled to undertake as it has always been a life dream to return to the Caribbean to impart the love for classical vocal music to the new generations of West Indians.
Mr. Pascal has won as first place winner of the senior and graduate divisions of the mens NATS competition. He would like to give thanks to God who supplies him with the stength and talent, and to his friends and family for their love and support.