Lauded by the Chicago Sun-Times for his “rich, dark tone and beautiful legato,” Wayne Tigges begins the 2013-14 season creating the role of Joe St. George in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne with San Francisco Opera. He remains with the company for its production of Der fliegende Holländer and later in the season makes his debut with Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-juku Festival as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, returns to Austin Lyric Opera for his first performances of Scarpia in Tosca, and joins Palm Beach Opera as Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also joins the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin for the First Nazarene in Salome and sings Verdi’s Requiem as a guest artist at Bard College. In the summer, Mr. Tigges will return to his home state of Iowa to sing the Tutor in Le comte Ory as well as Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Des Moines Metro Opera. Future engagements for him include his debuts with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Opera Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as well as a return to Florentine Opera. Last season, he made debuts with Pittsburgh Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni, New York City for Faraone in Mose in Egitto with New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera as Claudius in Hamlet, and at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse as Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse in addition to returning to Santa Fe Opera for Douglas in La donna del lago in the summer.
In future seasons, he will create the role of Joe St. George in the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne with San Francisco, return to Austin Lyric Opera for his first performances of Scarpia in Tosca, sing Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Palm Beach Opera as well as make role debuts with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and sing his first performances with Edmonton Opera.
Recent performances include Escamillo in Carmen at the Glyndebourne Festival and with San Diego Opera; Kolenaty in The Makropolous Case with the Opéra National de Paris; and Ariodate in Xerxes, Sam and Wesley in the world premiere of Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier, Ariodate in Xerxes, and Zuniga in Carmen with San Francisco Opera. He sang Achilla in Giulio Cesare in his Metropolitan Opera debut and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago the following season for further performances of the role as well as Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Tigges enjoys a strong relationship with the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro to great critical acclaim while still a member of the prestigious Ryan Opera Center (formerly Lyric Opera Center for American Artists). Also with the company, he sang Snook in Bolcom’s A Wedding, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Angelotti in Tosca, Sam in Un ballo in maschera, and Bonze in Madama Butterfly.
His other recent engagements include the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hercules in Gluck’s Alceste, and Nourabad in Les pêcheur de perles with Santa Fe Opera; Donner in Das Rheingold and both Zuniga and Escamillo in Carmen with Los Angeles Opera; the title role of Don Giovanni with Opera Pacific and Austin Lyric Opera; Blitch in Susannah with Florentine Opera, Willy Wonka in the European premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket at the Wexford Festival, Jochanaan in Salome with Arizona Opera; further performances of Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Ferrando in Il trovatore with Opera Colorado; Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the North Carolina Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Tulsa Opera; Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Los Angeles Opera and at the Ravinia Festival under the baton of James Conlon, Count Walther in Luisa Miller with Chautauqua Opera; Sacerdote in Nabucco at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, and Zuniga in Carmen with San Diego Opera. He has joined Cincinnati Opera for Angelotti in Tosca, Sam in Un ballo in maschera, and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte. With Opera Omaha, he has sung Mother in Seven Deadly Sins, Gideon March in Little Women, and Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has also sung the Father in Hänsel und Gretel with the Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his performances on the opera stage, Mr. Tigges maintains a busy concert schedule. He recently joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in his Carnegie Hall debut, and Teatro Regio di Parma for Haydn’s Creation. He made his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the Collegiate Chorale as Erasto in the American premiere of Handel’s Giove in Argo. He sang Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Cleveland Orchestra; Britten’s Serenade under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis; Zemlinsky’s Psalm 83 at the Cincinnati May Festival; Verdi’s Requiem with the Washington Chorus, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Arizona Music Festival, and Cathedral Choral Society in Washington D.C.; and the title role in Elijah with both Soli Deo Gloria with John Nelson conducting and the Apollo Chorus and Orchestra. Other performances include Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion with the Knox Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Beyer Music Chamber Orchestra, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with the Musica Antiqua Chamber Orchestra, and concerts of operatic arias at Oregon’s Britt Music Festival.
Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Wayne Tigges received a graduate degree and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor of Music from Iowa State University.