Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins

Conductor

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2016Britten: Owen WingraveOwen Wingrave

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Stephen Higgins studied at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London and is a conductor who has worked extensively in major opera houses and festivals both in the UK and abroad.He spent his early professional career on the music staff of ROH, Glyndebourne and ENO and has worked on a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, Mozart, Puccini, John Adams and Stephen Sondheim.Recent highlights include three world premieres: 'The Way Back Home', a children's opera at the Young Vic directed by Katie Mitchell, which he revived at the Opera de Paris, 'Dr Dee' by Damon Albarn, directed by Rufus Norris, which he conducted both for the Manchester Festival and at ENO, and recorded for EMI, and 'The Duchess of Malfi' by German composer Torsten Rasch, which was a collaboration with ENO and the theatre company, punchdrunk.Equally at home in standard operatic repertoire, Stephen has conducted 'Magic Flute' for ENO, 'L'Elisir d'amore' for Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni for the Porto festival, 'La Boheme', 'Hansel and Gretel', Magic Flute' for young singers' company, Co-opera-co.

He is currently preparing Britten's Owen Wingrave for the Paris Opera at the Bastille.

He also has an interest in music theatre, working with Sondheim on revivals of 'A little Night Music' and 'Sunday in the park with George' at the Châtelet theatre in Paris, and conducting 'Phantom of the Opera' in London's West End.On the concert platform, Stephen has conducted the RPO, RPCO, Philharmonia, LPO, Scottish ensemble amongst others.Stephen is also considerably in demand as a vocal coach and as guest chorus master for opera companies up and down the country and he appeared on the recent ‘Maestro at the Opera’ on BBC2 as mentor to Josie Lawrence.Other notable performances include another world premiere, Tansy Davies' 'Between Worlds' at the Barbican, 35 performances of 'Crazy for you' by Gershwin for Gothenburg opera, musical supervision for theatre pieces at the National Theatre in London and at Theatre La Criée in Marseille. After working on Madama Butterfly in Norway with Bergen National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra he was invited to be Head of Music for the company, a position which he will commence at the beginning of 2017.
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Britten: Owen Wingrave Opera national de paris 2016