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British conductor and early music specialist Harry Bicket has been appointed chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera, starting in October 2013. He is the successor to Frédéric Chaslin, who resigned in August 2012 after two seasons, explaining he wanted to focus on composing and his job as music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. During the 2014 season Bicket will conduct only one opera, Beethoven’s Fidelio.

The 52-year-old Bicket, who was born in Liverpool and educated at Oxford and the Royal College of Music, studied harpsichord, organ and piano in addition to conducting. He has been music director of the English Concert since 2007. He holds both U.S. and British citizenship.

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