Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire, and became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. He was recently announced as Chief Conductor of Sante Fe Opera. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University and is an accomplished harpsichordist.
Plans for the 2013/14 season include Liceu Opera (Agrippina with Sarah Connolly) and extensive touring with the English Concert (including Far East and America) as well as performances of Handel’s Theodora in Barbican and Carnegie Halls and programmes with Sally Matthews and Lucy Crowe at the Wigmore Hall, London. His inaugural opera at the helm of Santa Fe is Fidelio (July/Aug 2014). Highlights of recent seasons include acclaimed productions for Metropolitan Opera (Rodelinda, Clemenza, Cesare), Chicago Lyric (Rinaldo) and Bordeaux Opera (Alcina) as well as extensive concert and touring projects with The English Concert featuring soloists such as Ian Bostridge, Andreas Scholl and Vesselina Kasarova as well as appearances at the BBC Proms (B Minor Mass) and Edinburgh International Festival in a programme with David Daniels. Future plans include his debut with Oslo Philharmonic and returns to Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Sante Fe and Houston Grand Opera.
Recent guest conducting includes Los Angeles Philharmonic, his Japanese début with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, productions for the Liceu Barcelona (L’Arbore di Diana), Theater an der Wien (Iphigenie en Tauride), Atlanta Opera (Orfeo), Canadian Opera Company (Idomeneo). Critically acclaimed concerts and tours with The English Concert (BBC Proms, Spain, Middle East, Austria, Germany, USA) and his début with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the world premiere of Ken Hesketh’s oratorio Like the sea, like Time), Rotterdam Philharmonic (St Matthew Passion), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Opera has included Santa Fe Opera (Platée, Radamisto), Minnesota Opera (Croesus), Theater an der Wien (Mitridate). Other recent performances include Messiah and Missa Solemnis with Minnesota Orchestra, Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and critically acclaimed debuts with the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Symphonic guest conducting has included San Francisco Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, Detroit Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston, Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, NACO Ottawa, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony.
Bicket has appeared widely with period orchestras and ensembles, including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Handel and Haydn Society, as well as festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen, Tanglewood and Santa Fe. He has enjoyed great success with leading mainstream symphonic orchestras - his programmes often showcase his gift for choral repertoire, from the great Passions, Masses and Oratorios of the baroque and classical eras to the works of Fauré, Elgar and Tippett.
Staged opera has included Opera Australia (Giulio Cesare); Scottish Opera (Gluck’s Orfeo); New York City Opera (Figaro, Entführung, Clemenza, Rinaldo); Royal Danish Opera (Gluck’s Orfeo); Glimmerglass (Partenope, Agrippina); New Israeli Opera (Poppea); Aldeburgh Festival (Purcell’s Faerie Queen); Edinburgh Festival (Clemenza); Spoleto Festival (Giasone, Tamerlano, L’ile de Merlin); English National Opera (Orfeo, Ariodante, Semele, Xerxes, Combattimento), Welsh National Opera (Clemenza di Tito); and Opera North (Radamisto, Return of Ulysses, Magic Flute, Croesus), Los Angeles Opera (Cesare, Poppea); Canadian Opera (Rodelinda, Idomeneo).