Paul Agnew is in continuous demand as an outstanding interpreter of Baroque and pre-Classical repertoire. His long association with the world’s leading conductors in the field of early music encompasses a wide range of operatic roles and concert repertoire, and includes a discography of over one hundred recordings. Born in Glasgow, he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford before embarking on code text herea vocal career that has taken him all over the world.
Following a highly successful conducting debut with Les Arts Florissants in Paris in 2007, William Christie appointed Paul Agnew Joint Musical Director of that ensemble, which he has since gone on to lead on tour to major venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and London’s Barbican, throughout France, and to Salzburg and China. He made his opera conducting debut with Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor at Opéra de Rennes, and in 2014, conducted the new Robert Carsen production of Rameau’s Platée at the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and at St. John’s Smith Square with London’s Early Opera Company. He has conducted Messiah for Le Concert d’Astrée, the Seattle Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Atélier of the Opéra National de Paris. Recent and forthcoming conducting engagements include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard School, North Carolina Symphony, and a production of Rameau’s Indes galantes at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, He appeared with Music of the Baroque earlier this year in a program of music by Henry Purcell.
As Joint Musical Director of Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew continues to direct a presentation of the complete cycle of Monteverdi Madrigals—a monumental project spread over nearly 100 concerts in multiple locations. The first recording to come from the project, entitled “Cremona,” recently won a Gramophone
award for “best Baroque vocal recording of the year.” Agnew’s extensive discography also includes “Lamentazione,” on Virgin, on which he conducts Les Arts Florissants’ choir in works by Scarlatti and Caldara. His DVD appearances as a singer include Les Boréades and Les Indes galantes on Opus Arte and Lully’s Armide, the Bach Mass in B Minor and St. Matthew Passion, and his celebrated performance in the title role of Platée on TDK.
Paul Agnew conducts in Concertos for Voice—Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Handel on April 22 and 23.