In Thursday’s (4/25) Santa Fe New Mexican, Anne Constable writes, “Liverpool-born and Oxford-educated Harry Bicket will be The Santa Fe Opera’s next chief conductor, general director Charles MacKay announced Wednesday. MacKay also announced the repertoire for 2014, the 58th season, which will include five new productions for the SFO. Frédéric Chaslin, who was named chief conductor in 2010, resigned suddenly last summer. … Bicket, 52, was named artistic director of the English Concert, a baroque orchestra, in 2007 and has appeared in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, including Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A Handel specialist, he conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in this season’s Giulio Cesare, which will be presented live in a high-definition simulcast Saturday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. … Bicket will start in October and is scheduled to conduct next season’s Fidelo. He will continue to lead the English Concert. The works announced for the 2014 season encompass four centuries—the years 1786 to 2011—and are sung in six different languages.”

Posted April 25, 2013