Stephen Higgins 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 conducting three world premieres: ‘The Way Back Home’, a children’s opera at the Young Vic directed by Katie Mitchell, which he will revive at the Opera de Paris at the end of the year, ‘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 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.
Stephen is also considerably in demand as a vocal coach and as guest chorus master for opera companies up and down the country
Current and future plans include another world premiere, Tansy Davies’ ‘Between Worlds’ at the Barbican in April, ‘Crazy for you’ by Gershwin for Gothenburg opera, ‘The Way Back Home’ revival at the Bastille, and working as musical adviser for theatre pieces at the National Theatre in London and at Theatre La Criée in Marseille.