Alan E. Hicks
Instructional Assistant Professor
Associate Producer, Moores Opera Center
office: MSM 182
office phone: (713)743-7360
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Alan E. Hicks has spent the past two decades in professional opera and theatre, first as a singer, then a teacher, finally turning his attention to stage direction. His work as a director has been described as “powerful and deeply moving,” “imaginatively directed,” “absolutely brilliant,” “gorgeous,” and “real magic.” 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 Texas at Austin, and the University of Iowa. Recent engagements include Ariadne auf Naxos for Minnesota Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Santa Barbara, Albert Herring and Die Zauberflöte for Shenandoah University, and Albert Herring and The turn of the screw for the Miami Music Festival.
Alan has 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, a position he held until the company’s closing in 2015. He has worked with such venerable operatic performers 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, Brian Jagde, Amber Wagner, and Nadine Sierra. In addition to his work as a director, Alan has assisted directors Susan Strohman, Chris Alexander, Linda Brovsky, Jay Lesenger, John Pascoe, Peter Kazaras, and Sam Buntrock, to name just a few.
Committed to building future audiences and the continued growth of the art form, Alan has written and directed educational shows for various ensembles. A recipe for opera, written and directed for Center City Opera Theatre, toured Philadelphia-area schools in 2013. Alan's abridged touring production of The elixir of love, conceived and directed for Tulsa Opera, toured Oklahoma in 2010 and 2011.
From 2002 until 2006, Alan served on the faculties of the internationally acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School and American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York City. His former students have performed on Broadway, in national and international tours, on all major television networks, and in major motion pictures. He has taught master classes throughout the United States and has served as interim Director of Opera Workshop at Sam Houston State University and interim Director of the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa. Alan is currently on the faculty of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston.
In addition to directing and teaching activities, Alan authored a book entitled Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer. He has also penned several articles on subjects ranging from acting study to auditioning. His most recent article appeared in Classical Singer (magazine) in the summer of 2014.