Harry Bicket

Introduction

Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire and became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007. He was recently appointed Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera and takes up the post in October 2013. 

Opera plans for the 13/14 season include Liceu Opera, Barcelona (Agrippina), Canadian Opera Company (Hercules) and leading Santa Fe Opera Company's first performances of Beethoven's Fidelio. Extensive commitments with the English Concert in their 40th anniversary season include concert performances of Handel's Theodora at the Barbican, Theatre de Champs Elysées and Carnegie Hall (as well as on tour around the USA) and Wigmore Hall performances featuring Sally Matthews and Lucy Crowe. 

Highlights of recent seasons include concerts, recordings and  touring with The English Concert including a Wigmore Hall residency with Ian Bostridge and appearances at both the 2009 and 2012 BBC Proms. Opera at the Metropolitan (Rodelinda, Cesare, Clemenza di Tito), Chicago Lyric (Rinaldo, Hercules), Canadian (Orfeo) and Bordeaux Operas (Alcina). Guest conducting includes Chicago and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles and St Paul Chamber orchestras.

 

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Schedule

Wigmore Hall, London

HANDEL Cantata: Dietro l'orme fuggaci (Armida abbandonata) HWV105
HANDEL Cantata: Alpestre monte HWV81
HANDEL Arias from Agrippina HWV6
VIVALDI The Four Seasons

Director/Harpsichord: Harry Bicket
Violin: Simon Standage
Soprano: Lucy Crowe

The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BEETHOVEN Fidelio


Conductor: Harry Bicket
Director: Stephen Wadsworth

Leonore: Alex Penda
Florestan: Paul Groves
Don Pizarro: Greer Grimsley
Rocco: Manfred Hemm
Marzelline: Devon Guthrie
Don Fernando: Evan Hughes
Jaquino: Joshua Dennis

Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and Choir

The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BEETHOVEN Fidelio


Conductor: Harry Bicket
Director: Stephen Wadsworth

Leonore: Alex Penda
Florestan: Paul Groves
Don Pizarro: Greer Grimsley
Rocco: Manfred Hemm
Marzelline: Devon Guthrie
Don Fernando: Evan Hughes
Jaquino: Joshua Dennis

Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and Choir

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The English Concert

Created by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, The English Concert chose Harry Bicket to be its Artistic Director in 2007, and he has since led the orchestra in tours to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. At the request of Carnegie Hall, New York, Harry Bicket and The English Concert present three Handel operas-in-concert there and on tour in the USA and Europe, between 2013 and 2015. Following the success of Handel's Radamisto at the Carnegie and Barbican Halls last season, in 2014 - their 40th anniversary - they will perform Theodora which will also be presented Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris and Town Hall, Birmingham.

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Press

Handel

Hercules

Canadian Opera Company

"Under Harry Bicket’s superb conducting, Handel’s score becomes less a series of fussy arias and recitatives than a fully realized cohesive drama, and a fully felt exploration of the human condition as experienced through war" Bachtrack, Catherine Kustanczy, 07 April 2014

HANDEL 'Theodora'

The English Concert Tour

Various

You certainly couldn’t have asked for a more inspired performance than the one given on Sunday, with Harry Bicket conducting the spirited English Concert and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

The New York Times, February 2014

I wonder whether the English Concert has ever sounded better than it does now under Bicket.

Los Angeles Times, January 2014
Maestro Bicket consistently adopted tempi that were inherently right for the music and for the singers.  (…) he displayed a natural affinity for collaboration with vocalists, and his shaping of scenes disclosed a deep understanding of Händel’s dramatic structures, which are crafted with as sure a hand as in any of the composer’s operas. Voix des Arts, January 2014
This was a high-quality performance on all counts. Bicket is not just a brisk, non-interventionist Baroque conductor. He searched out colour and expression in the inner parts, drawing a wealth of rich playing from the English Concert, and kept the music underpinned with a sturdy rhythmic impetus. Financial Times, February 2014

Flawless and uplifting.

The Independent, February 2014
Much of the time, my ear was seized by the wonderful playing in the orchestra. Conductor Harry Bicket and the players of the English Concert found a special tone for the piece, a kind of husky harshness, especially noticeable during the wonderful “dungeon” arias in the second act. The Telegraph, February 2014

HANDEL

Cesare

Metropolitan Opera, NYC

Mr. Bicket draws a lithe, lyrical and stylish performance of this great score from the Met orchestra, reduced in numbers and complemented by a Baroque continuo group.

Anthony Tommasini, NY Times
Under the baton of Harry Bicket, the musical realization, all four-and-a-half hours of it, is superb.... The MET orchestra has finally found its Baroque chops....         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Malafronte, The Classical Review

HANDEL

Rodelinda

Metropolitan Opera, NYC

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra played splendidly under Harry Bicket’s alert leadership. Their crowning moment was surely the soulful echoes and plaints that wove their way through Bertarido’s Con rauco mormorio, with Handel in his most inspired pastoral mode. Classical Review
To a remarkable degree, Mr Bicket has the MET orchestra sounding like a period band, scrubbed free of most vibrato. New York Times

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