Music Director: Santa Fe Opera. Artistic Director: The English Concert. Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM)
Internationally-renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretations of baroque and classical repertoire. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director of The English Concert, one of Europe's finest period orchestras, with whom he recently embarked on a project to film every piece of Handel to create an on-line resource for all.
He is Music Director of the Santa Fe Opera where his productions include Orfeo, Alcina, Carmen, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Le nozze di Figaro, Fidelio, La finta giardiniera, Così fan tutte, Roméo et Juliette, Candide and Pelléas et Mélisande. Elsewhere, in the U.S. he is a regular guest at The Metropolitan Opera, especially for Mozart and Handel titles, and last season returned to the Canadian Opera Company for Le nozze di Figaro.
In Europe he made his debut last season at the Opéra national de Paris conducting Handel's Ariodante in a new production by Robert Carsen, and returns this season for Giulio Cesare. At the Bayerische Staatsoper he has conducted Rinaldo, Ariodante, Serse, Orlando, Orfeo ed Euridice, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Zauberflöte.
He has appeared regularly in all the U.K. opera houses and his Theodora at the Royal Opera House in 2022 was nominated for an Olivier Award for best new production. This season he returns to Opera North for Purcell's Masque of Might - devised and directed by David Pountney.
Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University, where he was organ scholar at Christ Church. He was appointed Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in 2018.