In the 2018-2019 season, American bass-baritone Alan Higgs begins his second year as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his assignments include The King in Cendrillon and the Second Trojan Man in Idomeneo, as well as La bohème, La traviata, and Ariodante. Additionally, he returns to Atlanta Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata. Last season with the Ryan Center, he was heard as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Gualtiero Valton in I puritani, among other assignments.
Mr. Higgs made his debut with Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their 60th anniversary season, where he performed the role of Jose Castro in La fanciulla del West and covered roles in Vanessa and Capriccio. While at Santa Fe, he received the Katharine Mayer Award for his outstanding performance as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice. Additional notable engagements include the British Major in Silent Night and Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera, Raphael in Haydn’s Creation with the Georgia State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance in the Atlanta Opera Studio tour.
In the 2016-2017 season Mr. Higgs was a Studio Artist with the Atlanta Opera. His performances included the British Major in Silent Night, the Mandarin in Turandot, Alidoro in the Studio tour of Cenerentola and a cover of Don Pasquale in the mainstage production, with performances of the title role in the Student Short.
He made his professional debut with The Atlanta Opera in 2014 as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and as Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. In the fall of 2015 he returned to The Atlanta Opera performing the dual roles of Benoît and Alcindoro in La bohème.
Mr. Higgs has enjoyed considerable success as a young artist. He is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Sullivan Foundation Award and was a Semifinalist of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Alan Higgs attended Florida State University for his Master’s degree in vocal performance, where he performed Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. While singing Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree, he had the honor of working with composer Carlisle Floyd. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts, his roles included Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the Husband in Amelia Goes to the Ball, and Kecal in The Bartered Bride.