Described as a conductor “full of fizzy finesse”, Richard Egarr presents a celebration of Handel and Purcell. There’s a riot of colour in Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and in his Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 1, and exquisitely beautiful arias from his humorous musical drama Semele, delivered by the dazzling soprano Carolyn Sampson.
Purcell’s glimmering suite from the opera The Fairy Queen draws inspiration from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a bewitching tale celebrating the wonder and joy of love in all its forms. Purcell conjures up an enchanted world where the magical forces of nature reign supreme.
Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making. Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, Egarr was recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague from 2019, and was Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2011-2017. Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge.
Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the U.S. On the opera stage her roles have included Semele (Handel) and Pamina in The Magic Flute (English National Opera), Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), and Anne Truelove (Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress) and Mélisande (Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande), both in Sir David McVicar’s productions for Scottish Opera. Her concert engagements have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms but take her all over the world as both soloist and recitalist.