Conductors

Harry Bicket

Artistic Director, The English Concert
Chief Conductor, Santa Fe Opera (Music Director from October 2018)
Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM)

Introduction

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire and in 2007 became Artistic Director of The English Concert, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. He became Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera in 2013 and opened the 2014 season with a critically-acclaimed Fidelio. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University and is an accomplished harpsichordist.

Plans for the 2017/18 season include his debut with RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, return visits to Lyric Opera of Chicago (Orphée et Eurydice), Metropolitan Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and a masterclass with the Juilliard School. Plans with The English Concert include European and US (Carnegie Hall) performances of Rinaldo and recording work, and with Santa Fe Opera, performances of Bernstein’s Candide.


Contact



Performance Schedule

  • 20:30 29 Jun 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:30 04 Jul 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:30 07 Jul 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:30 13 Jul 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 31 Jul 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 06 Aug 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 11 Aug 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 14 Aug 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 21 Aug 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

  • 20:00 25 Aug 2018 Santa Fe Opera, SANTA More info  

    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide

    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Cunegonde: Brenda Rae
    Candide: Alek Shrader 
    Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo: Kevin Burdette
    Old Lady: Helene Schneiderman
    Maximilian: Jarrett Ott
    Governor, Vanderdendur & Captain: Richard Troxell
    Director & Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
    Scenic Design: Chantal Thomas
    Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

From The Green Room

Discography

  • More info  
    01 Mar 16 Handel: Orlando The English Concert
    Barbican Centre

    ★★★★

    “… Harry Bicket’s daringly slow but impeccably judged accompaniment. Both conducting and playing were first-rate throughout.”

    Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 02 March 2016

  • More info  
    26 Feb 16 Handel: Orlando The English Concert
    Birmingham Town Hall

    ★★★★★

    “It was performed exquisitely by Harry Bicket, the English Concert and a quintet of singers that it would be hard to surpass.”

    “How Handel uses the orchestra to convey his characters’ innermost feelings becomes even clearer in concert, especially when played with the cleanly etched lines, supple grace and invigorating energy of the English Concert, directed from the harpsichord by Bicket.”

    Rebecca Franks, The Times, 01 March 2016

  • More info  
    09 Dec 15 Stradella: Christmas Cantata The English Concert
    Christ Church Spitalfields

    ★★★★

    “Under Bicket’s skilled direction, the players of the English Concert made delectable sounds in bringing this intricate score – full of ingenuity and charm – back to life.”

    George Hall, The Guardian, 10 December 2015

  • More info  
    20 Jul 14 Beethoven: Fidelio Santa Fe Opera
    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, 12 July 2014

  • More info  
    05 Apr 14 Handel: Hercules Canadian Opera Company
    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”

    Catherine Kustanczy, Bachtrack, 07 April 2014 

  • More info  
    02 Feb 14 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.”

    Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, 03 February 2014 

     

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

    Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 29 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.”

    Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts, 31 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.”

    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 10 February 2014 

     

    “Flawless and uplifting.”

    Michael Church, The Independent, 10 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.”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 09 February 2014 

  • More info  
    04 Apr 13 Handel: Giulio Cesare Metropolitan Opera
    Metropolitan Opera

    “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, The New York Times, 05 April 2013

     

    “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, 05 April 2013 

  • More info  
    01 Nov 11 Handel: Rodelinda Metropolitan Opera
    Metropolitan Opera

    “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.”

    Marion Lignana Rosenberg, The Classical Review, 15 November 2011

     

    “To a remarkable degree, Mr Bicket has the Met orchestra sounding like a period band, scrubbed free of most vibrato.”

    James R. Oestreichnov, The New York Times, 15 November 2011

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.

Santa Fe

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 Summer 2017 he will conduct Alcina at the opera.

In November 2016 it was announced that Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until the end of Autumn 2020.

Harry commented: “I am thrilled to be able to continue my relationship with the orchestra and artistic management of the Santa Fe Opera; it has been, and continues to be, one of the most stimulating and exciting experiences of my career and I look forward to building further on the achievements of the past three years.”