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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Laurence Cummings Appointed Artistic Director of Gottingan Handel Festival, Beginning in 2012

Effective in 2012, conductor and harpsichordist Laurence Cummings succeeds Nicholas McGegan, OBE (Artistic Director 1991-2011) and Sir John Eliot Gardiner (1981-1990) as Artistic Director of the oldest festival for baroque music in the world.

Laurence Cummings is one of today’s most versatile protagonists of historically informed performance practice. He has been Musical Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999 and has conducted for English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Gothenburg Opera.

He regularly conducts the English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Portugal’s Remix Baroque, and the Britten Sinfonia. In the United States he appears with the Handel & Haydn Society and in the coming season makes his debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Laurence Cummings’ discography includes Handel’s rediscovered
Gloria with Emma Kirkby, love duets from Handel operas with the soprano Nuria Rial, and Handel arias with Angelika Kirschschlager.

The International Handel-Festival Göttingen began in 1920 with the first modern performances of
Rodelinda, triggering what became known as the “Gottingen Handel Renaissance.” The Festival now offers one fully-staged Handel opera and several of his oratorios as part of a schedule that includes more than 50 performances, exhibits and other events over a two-week period every Spring.

For more information about Laurence Cummings:
http://www.schwalbeandpartners.com/artistpage.asp?LAST_NAME=Cummings

For more information about the International Handel-Festival Göttingen:
http://www.haendel-festspiele.de/front_content.php?idcat=36&lang=4

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