Stephen Higgins studied at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London and is a conductor and pianist, working with the UK’s major opera houses including Glyndebourne, ROH, ENO and Scottish Opera. His conducting experience has included work for the Musica nel Chiostro opera festival in Batignano, Tuscany, where he was musical director for 6 years, Music director of Opera Faber in North Portugal, conducting L’Elisir d’Amore and Don Giovanni with the Orquesta da Norte and the Orquesta Nacional de Porto and the LPO and Philharmonia orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall in Jude Kelly’s celebrated production of Carmen Jones. Stephen has also worked for many TV and film companies in the role of Music Supervisor, producing films and documentaries for FilmFour, BBC2, and Channel 4. He appeared on the recent Maestro at the Opera on BBC2 as mentor to Josie Lawrence. A member of ENO’s music staff for six years, Stephen conducted The Magic Flute for the company, and created a new commission The Duchess of Malfi, a co-production with ENO and the theatre company punchdrunk, which he premiered in July 2010.
Recent engagements include his debut concert with the RPO which included Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, La Boheme, The Magic Flute and Hänsel und Gretel with Co-opera-co (for whom he is music director) on a UK tour, MD for a tour of concerts with tenor Alfie Boe, and the world premiere of Dr. Dee, a new piece by Damon Albarn for the Manchester festival and ENO as part of the 2012 cultural Olympiad, which he recorded for EMI. He conducted The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre for six months and has just returned from the Châtelet Theatre in Paris where he was working on a new production of Sunday in the Park with George. Further engagements include conducting L’Elisir d’amore at Opera Holland Park and the world premiere of Conor Mitchell’s and Mark Ravenhill’s Cabaret Songs performed alongside Britten’s setting of Auden poems which opened this year’s Aldeburgh festival.