Bass-baritone Alan Higgs is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of opera. He is a 2016-2017 Sullivan Foundation Award winner and most recently a Semifinalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He has also been selected as the resident bass-baritone for the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 2017-2018. Here he will perform the roles of Ceprano in Rigoletto and Gaultiero in I Puritani as well as cover roles in four of the operas during the season. In the summer of 2016 he 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. He is a 2016 award winner at the Regionals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. His other recent engagements include 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 the Atlanta Opera Studio tour.
For the 2016-2017 season he will be a Studio Artist with the Atlanta Opera. His performances will include the British Major in Silent Night, the Mandarin in Turandot, Alidoro in the Studio tour of Cenerentola and he will cover Don Pasquale in the mainstage production as well as perform the title role in the Student Short. He made his professional debut with The Atlanta Opera in 2014 performing in Madama Butterfly as the Imperial Commissioner and then as Antonio in their spring production of 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, who resides in Atlanta, attended Florida State University for his master’s degree in voice 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. Mr. Higgs has performed in the chorus with Florida Grand Opera and Atlanta Opera and sang the bass soloist in Judas Maccabaeus for the New World School of the Arts in Miami.