Iestyn Davies, Lucy Crowe, & Tim Mead Headline The English Concert’s 2023-24 Season

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credits: Chris Sorensen, Victoria Cadisch, Andrew Staples)

The English Concert has announced its 2023-24 season. This article features vocal works only.

Countertenor Iestyn Davies returns to the BBC Proms to perform “Late Night Bach.” Davies will perform two of Bach’s solo cantatas, “Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust” and “Geist und Seele wird verdwirret” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Performance Date: August 25, 2023

A concert version of Händel’s “Amadigi di Gaula”  takes place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Kristian Bezuidenhout leads countertenor Tim Mead in the title role with sopranos Hilary Cronin as Oriana and Mary Bevan as Melissa, and countertenor Hugh Cutting as Dardano.

Performance Date: September 21, 2023

Harry Bicket conducts Händel’s “Acis and Galatea” at Boughton House staring tenor James Way and Soprano Hilary Cronin in the title lead roles. Tenor Gwilym Bowen joins as Damon, and baritone Neal Davies as Polypheme.

Performance Date: September 23, 2023

Iestyn Davies and sopranos Ailish Tynan and Joélle Harvey give a concert performance of Händel’s cantata “Clori, Tirsi and Fileno” at Wigmore Hall. Harry Bicket conducts.

Performance Date: October 18, 2023

Händel’s “Rodelinda” is presented with soprano Lucy Crowe in the title role; countertenors Iestyn Davies as Bertarido and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen as Unulfo; tenor Eric Ferring as Grimoaldo; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Eduige; and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel as Garibaldo. Harry Bicket conducts.

Performances take place at Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles Opera, Shanghai Concert Hall as part of the Shanghai International Arts Festival, Incheon Arts Centre in South Korea, Saffron Hall and at Carnegie Hall.

Performance Dates: November 19, 21, 26, 28, December 2, & 10, 2023

A concert version of Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea” features soprano Jeanine de Bique as Poppea; countertenors Justin Kim as Nerone and Iestyn Davies as Ottone; soprano Liv Redpath as Drusilla; tenor James Way as Lucano; mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont as Ottavia; and bass David Shipley as Seneca. Harry Bicket conducts at Auditorio Nacional, Madrid.

Performance Date: March 16, 2024

The English Concert returns to Garsington Opera with performances of Rameau’s “Platée” conducted by Paul Agnew and directed by Louisa Muller.

Performance Date: TBA