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
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
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.
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, conducting
'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
Since January 2016 Stephen has been Head of
Music at Bergen Nasjonale opera in Norway. He has conducted Hansel and Gretel
and Carmen for the company and has assisted visiting conductors on productions
of Madama Butterfly, Il Turco in Italia, Otello, Peter Grimes and Messiah.
Stephen regularly works with young artist
programmes and opera students at the main conservatories both in the UK and
Other notable engagements include conducting
Massenet’s Thais for Chelsea Opera Group, Candide and Carmen in Norway and
creating a new theatrical version of Disney’s Fantasia for the vaults theatre