Harry Bicket on the renewed interest in Handel opera

Amidst the flourishing commission from New York's Carnegie Hall to present annual installations of Handel operas-in-concert, The English Concert's Artistic Director Harry Bicket discusses the renewed interest into Handel's music. Having been best known for his choral works for a long period of time, and indeed for his large celebratory works such as Music for the Royal Fireworks, the Watermusic and the likes of Zadok the Priest,  Handel is once more being recognized as the creator of great operas.


"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 [2017], with [Ariodante]. After Sunday, it seems cruelly unfair to have to wait that long. " - New York Classical Review

Interviews

Get the inside track and watch interviews with our musicians, collaborators and international soloists here. Find out what they think about working with The English Concert, performing within the world of historical performance, whether this is even a suitable term for the current musical scene, and what they think about the music we perform together.

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Harry Bicket discusses the development of period instrument performance during the past several decades.

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Bicket reveals his belief that attitudes towards the practice should be revised, allowing ensembles like The English Concert to be judged directly against orchestras that perform on modern instruments.

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Catch a glimpse of The English Concert and mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato during the Madrid leg of their 2014 tour of Handel's 'Alcina'.

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