San Diego Opera & SDSU Appoint Director of Opera Theatre

By David Salazar

The San Diego Opera and the SDSU School of Music have announced that Alan E. Hicks has been appointed to the position of Director of Opera Theatre. He will share the position in both organizations.

He will initiate his work in the role with a production of “Flight” by Jonathan Dove at the SDSU in November 2018.

Per a press release, “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.”

Hicks has spent the last 20 or so years working as a singer, teacher, and stage director, showcasing his talents with such organizations as the 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.  Other companies that he has worked with as an assistant director include Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tulsa Opera.

“I’m thrilled about the creation of this shared position between San Diego Opera and SDSU, and about Alan Hick’s appointment,” stated San Diego Opera’s General Director David Bennett. “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.”