Set a classic children’s tale to Rossini’s sparkling music, and what do you get? Cenerentola: Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant. Everyone needs a happy ending once in a while, and its composer knew from the start that he had a winner on his hands. Rossini confidently predicted that his Cenerentola would conquer Italy within a year, […]
American bass-baritone Alan Higgs is a recent alumnus of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where during his residency he performed The King in Cendrillon, the Second Trojan Man in Idomeneo, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Gualtiero Valton in I puritani, along with other assignments. Most recently he returned to The Atlanta Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata and Santa Fe Opera as the Mayor in Jenufa. His 2019-2020 season includes his debut with San Antonio Opera as Angelotti and Sciarrone in Tosca, Alidoro in Cenerentola as well as the Fifth Jew in Salome both with The Atlanta Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the fall of 2020.
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. Additional notable engagements include Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera, Raphael in Haydn’s Creation with the Georgia State Symphony Orchestra, and the Holiday Pops Movie Spectacular with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.
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.
Mr. Higgs has enjoyed considerable success as a young artist. In 2018 he received both a Solti Foundation and American Opera Society Scholarship. He is also the recipient of a 2016-2017 Sullivan Foundation Award and was a Semifinalist of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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 a performance of the title role in the Student Short.
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.