Harry Bicket


Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He is Artistic Director of The English Concert and Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera. 

Plans for the 14/15 season include guest conducting with Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St Luke's, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Extensive commitments with the English Concert include concert performances of Handel's Alcina and Hercules at various venues across the globe including the Barbican, Theatre de Champs Elysées and Carnegie Hall. Wigmore Hall performances feature Sarah Connolly, Rosemary Joshua and Rachel Podger and he directs a Bach programme with renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies at Christchurch Spitalfields on 11 December 2014. 



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    Harry Bicket on the Development of Period Instrument Performance


Wigmore Hall, London

Songs and duets by PURCELL and instrumental music by LOCKE and BLOW

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)
Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

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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. In 2014/15 season they will perform both Alcina and Hercules at internationally acclaimed venues such as Theatre des Champs Elysées, the Barbican and Carnegie Hall, New York.  

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Santa Fe Opera

In October 2013, Harry was appointed Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera. In Summer 2014 he conducted Fidelio - his first production at the helm of the company - to wide critical acclaim. In 2015 he will conduct a new production of Mozart's La Finta Giardinera. 

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Santa Fe Opera's Triumphant Fidelio

Santa Fe Opera

"From the moment the Santa Fe Opera house lights dimmed, with a hint of sunlight still lingering above the surrounding hills, it was impossible not to be caught up in the drama of Fidelio... Harry Bicket led, firmly and freely, the Santa Fe Opera orchestra and singers" Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard



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


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



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



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