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 in 2018 assumed became music director. Productions he has led at Santa Fe in recent seasons have included Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Handel’s Alcina, and Bernstein’s Candide. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University.
His plans for the 2018–19 season include returns to The Metropolitan Opera (for Mozart’s The Magic Flute), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Handel’s Ariodante), The Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Renée Fleming), Prague Philharmonia (Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus), and, while in Chicago, Music of the Baroque. Plans with The English Concert include Mr. Bicket’s own arrangements of Mozart works for mechanical clockwork organ, J.S. Bach Cantatas for Advent, and Wayne Eagling’s Remembrance ballet, set to Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia’s Day, at English National Ballet. The English Concert continues its Handel opera series with performances of Semele in Europe and the US, including at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, London’s Barbican Centre, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Highlights of recent seasons include acclaimed productions in the US and Canada for Lyric Opera of Chicago (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Rinaldo), Santa Fe Opera (Candide, Alcina, Fidelio), Houston Grand Opera (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dvořák’s Rusalka), Canadian Opera Company (Rossini’s Maometto II, Handel’s Hercules), and The Metropolitan Opera (The Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Rodelinda, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Handel’s Giulio Cesare). He also appeared as guest conductor with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (including at the Cincinnati May Festival), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also led masterclasses with The Juilliard School. In December 2019 he will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Handel’s Messiah.