Harry Bicket: Artistic Director

Harry Bicket

Making his Glyndebourne festival debut in 1996 with Peter Sellars’ landmark production of Theodora, Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction. Noted particularly for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire, he was appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007. In 2013 Harry also became Chief Conductor of Sante Fe Opera, opening the following season with a critically-acclaimed Fidelio.

From New York to Los Angeles, and Hong Kong to Stockholm, Harry is no stranger to the great orchestras and opera houses the world over. Following his celebrated production of Rodelinda with Renée Fleming and David Daniels in 2004, he is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera. The current season is no different, with visits to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra and extensive touring with The English Concert to the United States, Europe, and the Far East.

While his production of Handel’s Orlando for the Royal Opera House received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Opera Production, his recordings are equally admired, receiving both Grammy and Gramophone nominations for his recordings with David Daniels, Susan Graham, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

"Under Harry Bicket's direction the variegated beauty of the score is brilliantly brought out: with its outstanding home-grown soloists, this period band is at the top of its form." - The Independent, Handel’s Orlando, 2016

"Harry Bicket lashed his English Concert to fury, but paced the entire performance faultlessly." – The Evening Standard, Handel’s Hercules, 2015