"The duplicitous Assur was portrayed with smug smirks, and big bold tone by bass-baritone Wayne, a singer's who's versatility and timbre recall that of Norman Treigle. Throughout the performance Tigges' singing possessed a towering impact......."

"In the quartetto with Semiramide, he sailed through Assur's roulades fearlessly....."

"Assurs' mad scene, one of the finest scenes in the opera, and a prefiguring of Macbeth's encounter with the apparition of Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth, drew from Tigges his best singing of the evening. The aria "Deh ti fermi" was phrased with subtlety and finesse, and the hateful character for a moment could almost be pitied. The cabaletta "Que numi furenti", was voiced with electrifying machismo....."

"It was a character of unmistakeable malevolence....."

"......the pleasures of hearing such a hearty, healthy voice used with flair are self-recommending, and Tigges provided many moments of edge-of-the seat excitement."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Voix de Arts

"As Arsace's number 1 rival, Bass-baritone Wayne Tigges put forth a stentorian, sometimes frightenly stern vocal line."


​"Wayne Tigges was a nasty but well-calibrated villain, imperious to the last and literally snarling at his rival Arsace, as he staked his claim to both throne and the queens daughter as well"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Community Digital News

​Sweeney Todd  at San Francisco Opera  September 2105

​"Wayne Tigges is a rich-toned and aptly villainous Judge Turpin"


"Wayne Tigges' Judge Turpin and AJ Gllueckert's Beadle made dark-hued resonant contributions"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Opera News     

"Wayne Tigges' Judge Turpin made essential contributions"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -Mercury News


"Bass-Baritone Wayne Tigges has made a specialty of opera's most villainous roles.  Even though a smaller role, Jude Turpin's significance to the plot requires an outsized presence, so Tigges' experience with playing villains proved felicitous."



"Wayne Tigges as Judge Turpin was the picture of hypocrisy and corruption.  Tigges' deep bass-baritone was especially gripping during "Johanna", a number with lechery and literal self-flagellation."


Emmeline  at Opera Theater St. LouisJuly 2015

"Wayne Tigges is aptly smarmy as Maguire. His polished baritone added sinister charm"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Dallas News

"Wayne Tigges is always a reliable and consciencous performer, and he does not disappoint as the seducer Mr. Maguire. Like Cornell Macneil, he has an imposing, steely instrument, and one is always surprised at his ability to suddenly change gears to apply a sudden supple use of vocal colors and shading......Mr. Tigges negotiated the angular leaps with skill......"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Opera Today



"Wayne Tigges brought texture and nuance to his portrayal of the supervisor Mr. Maguire; the opera's villain became, if not a sympathetic figure, a fully human , even pitiable one."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           -Opera News

"Wayne Tigges is excellent as the vile seducer.  (He was so convincing that in the curtain call, he graciously accepted a few "boos"."


Faramondo  at Brisbane Baroque  April 2015 (winner of 2015 Helpmann awards)

"Wayne Tigges as Gustavo, king of the Cymbrians, commanded the stage with his presence and the voice that has been described as "vocal velvet" living up to its name."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Culture Concept

IL segreto di Susanna  at San Antonio opera   March 2015

​"In the quarrelsome exchange her and her husband (powerful bass-baritone Wayne Tigges, showing an authentic flair for buffo)....Both brought out excellent performances."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -Opera News

"Bass-baritone Wayne Tigges proved a perfect foil as the jealous husband Count Gil. He is subject to whiplash mood swings, zigging and zagging between fury and desperate pleading as he tries to learn the identity of Susannah's lover. Tigges didn't allow his robust, well-trainded voice to get in the way of his hilarious rubber face as he shamelessly mugged his way through the role.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -Classical Voice America

​​​​​Semiramide at Washington  Concert Opera November 2015


2015 Reviews

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