Paul Esswood, counter-tenor      Paul Esswood

one of the most famous counter tenor of
      Baroque Music
in the world
Take part in "VI International Vocal Masterclass of Baroque Music in Florence", directed by Paul Esswood, from 24th - 29th July 2006, Auditorium al Duomo, Viva Hotel Laurus al Duomo
    British born Paul Esswood is one of the world's leading counter-tenors.He has worked in opera houses throughout Europe and America and was the first counter-tenor ever to sing at La Scala, Milan. He took part in the historic “Harnoncourt-Ponelle Monteverdi Cycle” at Zurich Opera, which has also been recorded and filmed for television world-wide. He has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, performing Handel's "Jephtha" and "Saul" and Monteverdi's "Orfeo". He has sung Oberon in the Köln Opera production of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and title roles in the Karlsruhe Handel Festival production of Handel's "Admeto" and the English Bach Festival production of Handel's "Riccardo Primo" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Several roles have been written for him, including the title role in Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" (Stuttgart) and Death in Penderecki's "Paradise Lost" (Chicago, La Scala, Milan and Stuttgart). Most recently, he sang the role of Seff in "Schlafes Bruder" by Herbert Willi in the world premiere in Zurich, followed by the first Austrian production in Innsbruck Stadtheather. As a concert and recital singer, Paul Esswood works in the world's most important musical centres: London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and in key festivals such as Salzburg, Graz, Aix-en-Provence, 3 Choirs and London Promenade Concerts. His repertoire is extensive. From the major works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Schumann to contemporary composers, including Schnittke ("Faust Cantata” – world premiere in Vienna and "St. Florian" Symphony No.2 - world premiere in London) and Penderecki (Magnificat and "Paradise Lost"). Paul Esswood has made over one hundred and fifty recordings, including the Monteverdi Operas and Bach's “St. Matthew Passion”, “Christmas Oratorio”, Magnificat, Mass in B minor and the Teldec complete Cantata project under Harnoncourt/Leonhardt. His 4th recording of Handel's "Messiah" was with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah, under David Willcocks and under Roger Norrington he made a video recording of Purcell's 1692 Ode "Hail, Bright Caecilia". He has also recorded the title role of Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" for CBS. His solo recordings include Purcell songs, Schumann "Dichterliebe" and "Liederkreis" Op.39, “Songs to my Lady” (English Lute songs), Britten's "Abraham and Isaac" and Folksongs.
As a teacher, he is Professor of baroque vocal interpretation at the Royal Academy of Music in London and gives regular Masterclasses throughout the world. He is a Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the German "Handel" prize in 1992. He regularly performs with the male vocal ensemble “Pro Cantione Antiqua”, of which he is a founder member, and the ensemble "The Musicke Companye", which recently recorded a new CD entitled "O Bone Jesu". He frequently works with his harpsichordist Helen Rogers, and the world-renowned lutenist Jürgen Hübscher.
Paul Esswood, utilising his considerable experience in the baroque vocal field, has now begun a career as a conductor. For the Chichester Festival, England, he conducted Purcell's "The Fairy Queen", "King Arthur" and "Dido and Aeneas". In Cracow, Poland, he conducted the Capella Cracoviensis in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" and Handel's "Israel in Egypt". He also conducted the Opera "Pompeo Magno" by Cavalli, a world premiere in modern times, for the Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival, Croatia. This project received the Ivan Lukacicprize.
Recently, Paul Esswood was a special guest of the gala concert for the 50th Anniversary of the Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Ansamble “Musicus Concentus Wien”.
In 1991, he joined The Musicke Companye
(Philippa Hyde soprano, Paul Esswood counter-tenor,Jennifer Janse cello,Helen Rogers harpsichord/chamber organ).
Since their formation the ensemble has performed extensivelyin UK and in Europe, bringning a mixture of vitality, passion, virtuosity and colour to their concerts. Recently he performed a very succesful concert with his ensemble in London Wigmore Hall.

"One of the most gifted and more musically intelligent of all the early music groups currently before the public."Musical Opinion

"V International Vocal Masterclass of Baroque Music in Florence", directed by Paul Esswood

"IV International Vocal Masterclass of Baroque Music in Florence", directed by Paul Esswood

"III International Vocal Masterclass of Baroque Music in Florence", directed by Paul Esswood

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