Pianist & Conductor
PROM 85: September 12
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.
He has conducted many 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 at the Bastille, ‘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 ‘Owen Wingrave’ for the Opera de Paris, ‘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.