Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras.
The 2011/12 season includes opera productions for Metropolitan Opera (Rodelinda), 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.
Highlights of recent seasons includes guest conducting with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 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) as well as returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the world premiere of Ken Hesketh’s oratorio Like the sea, like Time). Symphonic guest conducting has included San Francisco Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, NACO Ottawa and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Future plans include returns to many of the above mentioned orchestras as well as productions with the Met, Liceu Barcelona, Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera.
Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen and Santa Fe. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a Handel duets disc with Sarah Connolly, Rosie Joshua and most recently on Harmonia Mundi with Elizabeth Watts and The English Concert.