Handel’s Orlando, our latest installment in a flourishing relationship with New York’s Carnegie Hall, was a hit with audiences and critics alike from Amsterdam, Birmingham, Vienna, London and New York. With a stunning cast, a mixture of home-grown and American talent including Iestyn Davies in the title role, Orlando has gone down a storm across Europe and the US.
“Like a globe-travelling relative who returns bearing marvellous gifts, The English Concert continues to appear at Carnegie Hall bearing one gorgeous Handel opera after another. The English Concert will return in April of next year, with [Ariodante]. After Sunday, it seems cruelly unfair to have to wait that long. ” – New York Classical Review
“Under Harry Bicket’s lively direction, each instrumentalist played as though personally responsible for the entire show, wringing out every ounce of drama: at one point during Act II, the cellos unleashed such a torrent of fury that they threatened to upstage the cast.” – Financial Times
“An utterly heavenly Orlando. When these five wonderful voices combined for the final chorus, I thought I had gone to heaven. Here, in any case, was a superb performance tat left the audience glowing with pleasure. Unobtrusively yet firmly overseen by Harry Bicket, leading the spritely English Concert from the harpsichord.” – The Telegaph
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