Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Shared Opera position is the result of innovative partnership

Alan E. Hicks named first joint SDSU-San Diego Opera Director of Opera Theatre

Shared Opera position is the result of innovative partnership

By Lizbeth Persons Price

San Diego Opera and the SDSU School of Music
and Dance announce that Alan E. Hicks has been appointed as Director of Opera
Theatre, a new, shared position between the two organizations.

The Director of Opera Theatre is a full-time, faculty
position that will direct SDSU Opera’s Fall production, teach acting and
stage movement for singers, and then act as assistant director
on San Diego Opera’s mainstage productions in the Spring. Only
three other programs of this type exist in the nation.

Hicks’ first project will be to direct the November 2018
SDSU production of Flight, by Jonathan Dove.

“I’m thrilled about the creation of this shared position
between San Diego Opera and SDSU, and about Alan Hick’s appointment,” shares
David Bennett, San Diego Opera’s General Director. “By combining resources and
needs of both institutions, we are able to elevate the producing expertise of
both the Opera and SDSU’s opera program, and in ways we couldn’t achieve alone.
Alan’s appointment signals a deepened relationship between the Opera and SDSU.”

“In addition to the wise use of limited resources, this
innovative position provides synergies and collaborations between two
organizations with similar mission, that previously didn’t exist. This is the first of its kind in the CSU
system, but I suspect not the last, said Joyce Gattas, Dean of the SDSU College
of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. “A hallmark of the PSFA experience, is
engagement with the community. This partnership with the Opera, and
Alan, advances theory and application in the arts for SDSU students and
provides the arts community with a world-class artist.”

Alan E. Hicks has spent the past two decades in professional
opera and theatre as a singer, teacher, and stage director. He has directed
productions for organizations throughout the United States and in Europe
including Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Santa Barbara,
Miami Music Festival, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra, Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Shenandoah Conservatory,
the University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served on the directing and
production staffs of Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera,
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Seattle
Opera, and Tulsa Opera. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the Emerging
Artist Program at Green Mountain Opera Festival. Hicks is a member of Actors’
Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

In addition to his work with operatic performers such as as
Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Silvia McNair, Spiro Malas, Greer Grimsley,
and Thomas Hampson, as well as rising stars Lawrence Brownlee, Erin Morley,
Kate Lindsey, Hannah Hipp, Brian Jagde, Amber Wagner, and Nadine Sierra, Hicks
has assisted renowned opera directors Chris Alexander, Linda Brovsky, Peter
Kazaras and Broadway veterans Susan Strohman and Sam Buntrock.

Hicks holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Opera Directing from
The University of Texas at Austin, 2009, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance
from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi State
University.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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