Countertenor Sam Higgins has received national recognition for his“ innate musicality” and his “complex understanding of music.” He has been singing with orchestras since the age of 11. His most recent prizes include first place at the 2023 Schmidt Undergraduate Awards and second place in the International MI Opera Competition. In 2018, he was named a Grand Prize Winner in the Fidelity Young Artists Competition at the Boston Symphony Pops.. On February 29th, 2020, Sam performed Handel’s aria Dove sei from ‘Rodelinda’ on NPR’s “From the Top.” Additionally, he has received first prizes from NATS, the Schmidt High School Regional Competition, Classical Singer, and the UMass Young Artists Competition, among others. Sam attended the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco in 2023. In 2021, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music studying under Julia Faulkner.
Higgins' 2023-24 Season starts with Opera Philadelphia's "FestivalO'23," where he will perform Britten's Canticle II. He then performs the alto part in Handel's Oratorio L'allegro at Curtis in November. Throughout the year, he will perform Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Bach's Ich habe genug (BWV82), Ein feste Burg (BWV80), and Kreuz und Krone from BWV 12. He also premieres a new work written for him by composer Adrian Wong.

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