Harry Bicket extends his contract as Chief Conductor with Santa Fe Opera

Harry Bicket, whose tenure as Chief Conductor was announced in 2013, has renewed his relationship with Santa Fe Opera, extending his contract until Autumn 2020. 
Internationally-renowned as both an opera and concert conductor, Harry led a critically-acclaimed production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in the 2016 season in Santa Fe and returns in 2017 with Handel’s Alcina
Harry commented: “I am thrilled to be able to continue my relationship with the orchestra and artistic management of the Santa Fe Opera; it has been, and continues to be, one of the most stimulating and exciting experiences of my career and I look forward to building further on the achievements of the past three years.”
“We are so fortunate to have the brilliance of Harry Bicket leading our outstanding Orchestra,” said General Director of the Santa Fe Opera Charles MacKay. “Audience members and critics alike have noted the enhanced ensemble of our orchestra throughout his tenure. The Santa Fe Opera appreciates Maestro Bicket’s contribution to our artistic achievements, and we look forward to our continued relationship.”
Harry 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. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University and is an accomplished harpsichordist. 
Further plans for the 2016/17 season include his first Carmen with Lyric Opera of Chicago and guest conducting visits to Cleveland Orchestra including Rameau’s Suite from Les Boréades, and a visit to the Cincinnati May Festival with Bach’s B Minor Mass. Plans with The English Concert include UK and international touring within Europe, United States (Handel’s Ariodante featuring Joyce DiDonato, including Carnegie Hall) and the Far East (Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong).
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