Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor, 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 also appointed Chief Conductor of Sante Fe Opera in 2013 and opened the 2014 season with a critically-acclaimed Fidelio.
Plans for the 2014/15 season include extensive touring with the English Concert with performances of Handel’s Alcina and Hercules andprogrammes with soloists such as Iestyn Davies and Sarah Connolly at the Wigmore Hall. As guest conductor he visits the Orchestra of St Luke’s and Oslo, Chicago and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. Future plans include his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and returns to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera.
Highlights of recent seasons includes guest conducting with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Critically-acclaimed opera productions for the Chicago Lyric (Hercules), Minnesota (Orfeo), Canadian Opera (Orfeo, Idomeneo), Liceu Barcelona (L’Arbore di Diana), Theater an der Wien (Iphigenie en Tauride) and Atlanta Opera (Orfeo). Extensive concerts and tours with The English Concert (including BBC Proms, Spain, Middle East, Austria, Germany, USA). Symphonic guest conducting has included San Francisco Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, NACO Ottawa and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto and Aspen. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a Handel duets disc with Sarah Connolly and Rosie Joshua - and most recently with Lucy Crowe and The English Concert.