Tenor and conductor Paul Agnew returns to Music of the Baroque after making his U.S. conducting debut in the 2013 Holiday Brass and Choral Concerts. He appeared previously with Music of the Baroque as the Evangelist in the Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio. An active 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.
Recent engagements include Britten’s Serenade with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo, the title role in Charpentier’s Actéon with Theatre of the Ayre at Wigmore Hall, St. John Passion with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducting Bach cantatas at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
At the forefront of the revival of the French Baroque repertoire, Paul Agnew made his singing debut in 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, through 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.
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.