Wayne Tigges

Wayne Tigges

(Dubuque, Iowa)

2019–20 Season: Mr. Flint, Billy Budd

Bass-baritone Wayne Tigges returns to San Francisco Opera for his role debut as Mr. Flint in Billy Budd. He made his Company debut in the roles of Sam and Wesley in the 2011 world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. Other appearances include Joe St. George in the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne and, most recently, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd.

In the current season, Tigges’s engagements include Michigan Opera Theatre for Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Los Angeles Opera for Barone Douphol in La Traviata, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking at The Atlanta Opera, and John Proctor in The Crucible at Opera Santa Barbara. Last season he sang the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer with Atlanta Opera, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci with the New Orleans Opera, and he created the role of Sgt. Aaron Marcum in the world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. 

Recent performances include Méphistophélès in Faust at the Macau International Music Festival, Howie Albert in Blanchard’s Champion at Washington National Opera, and the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Los Angeles Opera. Tigges enjoys a strong relationship with Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he sang the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro while still a member of the Ryan Opera Center.

Tigges also maintains a busy concert schedule, including recent performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s in his Carnegie Hall debut.