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Paul Agnew

Making his U.S. conducting debut in these concerts, tenor and conductor Paul Agnew has appeared previously with Music of the Baroque as the Evangelist in the Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio. In demand as an interpreter of Baroque and pre-Classical repertoire, his long association with the world’s leading conductors in the field of early music includes a discography of over 100 recordings.

At the forefront of the revival of the French Baroque repertoire, Paul Agnew made his debut singing the title role of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at the Palais Garnier, and continues to sing haute-contre roles worldwide. In recent seasons, he has extended his repertoire to include Mozart’s Idomeneo, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, Handel’s Jephtha, and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites. On the international concert stage, he has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Gabrieli Consort and Players, among other ensembles.

Paul Agnew made his highly successful conducting debut with Les Arts Florissants in Paris in 2007. Subsequently appointed the ensemble’s associate conductor, he led the orchestra on tour to major venues including the Wiener Konzerthaus, throughout France, to Salzburg, and to China, and made his London conducting debut with the group during the Barbican Centre’s 30th anniversary celebration. He was recently named Les Arts Florissants’ Joint Music Director alongside founder William Christie.

Upcoming and recent conducting highlights include his Opéra National de Paris debut with Les Arts Florissants in Jiří Kylián’s Doux Mensonges, a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the St. John Passion, a program of Bach cantatas at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, his conducting debut at the Opéra de Rennes in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Messiah with Le Concert d'Astrée and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Atelier of the Opéra National de Paris. He is in the midst of a complete cycle of Monteverdi’s madrigals with Les Arts Florissants, a project encompassing nearly 100 concerts that will continue into 2014–15.

Actively engaged in the training and preparation of the next generation of specialist instrumentalists, Paul Agnew succeeded Christophe Rousset as Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroque in 2009. He is also the co-director of Le Jardin des Voix, an academy for young singers.

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