Gianni Schichi at Utah Opera

​"Cue in the crafty Gianni Schicci (Played by the always excellent Wayne Tigges).  Tigges was both comedic and conniving in this role."

                                              ​-Deseret News

The Flying Dutchman at Atlanta Opera

​"Tigges bursts forward to the lip of the stage like Otello making his entrance into Cyprus, filled with confidence and bravura- and the vocal chops and colors to match in his introductory "Die Frist ist um"


"Making his Atlanta Opera debut, bass-baritone Wayne Tigges portrays the title role of the Dutchman, the captain of a ghost ship who is cursed to roam the seas, allowed to come ashore only once every seven years to find a wife who can redeem him through her faithfulness to death. Tigges cuts a kind of “badass pirate” figure as the cursed Dutchman."


"​Climer’s costume for the Dutchman — part trenchcoated loner, part Bowie Space Oddity — perfectly brings to life an interesting, modern vision of the Dutchman as the ultimate outsider. It’s a vision that Wayne Tigges as a grave, pessimistic Dutchman capably embodies with his darkly brooding vocals and strong performance."

"Moore and Tigges give the show a captivating, beating heart with a stunning performance of Act 2’s crucial love duet."

                                                                                                      -Atlanta Journal

Semiramide at Washington Concert Opera

"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 Des Art         


"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  

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -                                                                                                                         -SFgate

"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."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       -                                                                                -OperaWarHorses


"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."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -                                                                                                   -BachTrack

Emmeline  at Opera Theater St. Louis

"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"."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -                                                                                                                                  -KDHX