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Laurence Cummings

Conductor

  • Graciously conducted by Laurence Cummings, it sounds good. The London Handel festival has done this work proud
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian
  • Cummings has emerged as one of his generation's leading baroque-era specialists, at home in both opera house and concert hall
    Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune
  • Laurence Cummings's conducting is witty and compassionate...
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian
  • Conductor Laurence Cummings sets about every number with almost breathless enthusiasm
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times
  • Vivaciously conducted by Laurence Cummings. The performance had the infectious advocacy of Cummings and his orchestra
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times
  • Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as conductor and harpsichord player. He has been Artistic Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999 and of the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen since 2012, as well as acting as Music Director for Orquestra Barocca Casa da Musica Porto and as a trustee of Handel House London.

    He has conducted productions for English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Opera de Lyon, Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera and at the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden. He regularly conducts the English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), St Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota), Wiener Akademie, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Jerusalem Symphony and Basel Chamber Orchestra.

    His numerous recordings include the first recording of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria with Emma Kirkby, and Handel Arias with Angelika Kirschlager and the Basel Chamber Orchestra for Sony BMG.

    Current engagements include conducting L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North and Indian Queen for English National Opera as well as engagements with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, English Concert, London Handel Players, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras together with his commitments at Casa da Musica in Porto and the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals.

    • Orpheus and Eurydike
      Goteborgs Opera (February 2014)

      When it is played with such sensible sensuality, rhythmic accuracy and dramatic rigor of the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra under Laurence Cummings... Göteborg Opera's Orpheus and Eurydice is world class throughout.
      Lennart Bromander, Aftonbladet Kultur
    • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Memorial Concert at Lincoln Centre
      Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (August 2013)

      The concert glowed with the evident joy the musicians brought to Handel’s music. Mr. Cummings conducted from the harpsichord with infectious energy and good humor, rhythmically bouncing in his seat and whipping up breezy crescendos with broad arm gestures. The impression that lingered strongest after the concert was of the freshness of Handel’s music, which these musicians played with an exploratory passion as if it had been written yesterday.
      Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
    • Siroe, Re di Persia
      Göttingen Handel Festival (May 2013)

      This is new artistic director Laurence Cummings’ first opera in Göttingen, and it must count as a high point in the festival’s history... Together, Cummings and Karaman have created an evening of Handel that looks and sounds as fresh as if it had been written yesterday. On the podium, Cummings hits every tempo bang in the middle, so that phrases are light and airy, architecture is solid yet soaring, recitatives feel like free speech, and it is often hard not to stand up and dance. His orchestra is superb. This is both musical discovery and pure joy; this is how Handel should be.
      Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times *****
    • Imeneo
      London Handel Festival (March 2013)

      From curtain up, Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra get the sparks to fly.
      Richard Fairman, The Financial Times ****
      It was a bold stroke for conductor Laurence Cummings to open the London Handel Festival with a production of this rarity by singers from the Royal College of Music. But these singers have excellent comic timing, and under Paul Curran’s direction manage to do full justice both to their characters and to the demands of the score – vintage Handel and, as Cummings and his period-instrument ensemble deliver it, wonderfully rich and varied.
      Michael Church, The Independent
      The evening’s best feature is the playing of the London Handel Orchestra under Laurence Cummings.
      George Hall, The Guardian
      Laurence Cumming’s period London Handel Orchestra gave immense pleasure from the Britten Theatre’s tiny pit, with judicious tempos and forward propulsion where appropriate. All of which meant that Imeneo, in any case one of Handel’s shorter operas, never outstayed its welcome.
      Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
    • Messiah
      Opera de Lyon (November 2012)

      Conducted by a long-standing Handel expert like Laurence Cummings, the orchestra, through their adoption of phrases that mirror the specialized training of the music of the era, make the audience completely forget that they are playing on modern instruments.
      Laurent Bury, Forum Opera
    • SALE
      Zurich Opera House

      ...Conductor Laurence Cummings (who sings “Comfort Ye” from the podium), is universally excellent. Cummings has style and lets the phrases breathe; his orchestra plays well. For chorus numbers, the singers are joined by the actors, who can all hold a musical line.
      Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times
      …one of the most surprising and flawless performances comes from the conductor, when he turns around to us and sings the Messiah recitative “Comfort ye my people” in a very fine tenor. Laurence Cummings is an important musical figure in London, and has recently taken over the artistic direction of the Göttingen Handel Festival. His direction of the Zurich baroque band La Scintilla inspires SALE. Whether the music is pensive or stormy, the performance is of a high order. The famous “Lascia ch’io pianga” becomes a wonderfully heartfelt chorus and, thanks to Cummings, even the actors have impeccable intonation here.
      Badische Zeitung
      There is much to admire. Not least La Scintilla Orchestra which displayed entrancing sensuality.
      Peter Hagmann, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
      …One is kept awake by the music…and this is Laurence Cumming’s achievement. Under the baton of the musically and energetically vibrant British conductor, La Scintilla plays with wonderful colour, brilliance and intensity.
      Bruno Rauch, Bündner Tagblatt
      Zurich Opera magazine article on SALE.
  • Laurence Cummings Repertoire

    ALMEIDA
    • La Guiditta
    • La Spinalba
    BACH
    • B Minor Mass
    • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and No. 5
    • Cantatas 36c & 61
    • Magnificat
    • St John Passion
    • St. Matthew Passion
    BRITTEN
    • St. Nicholas
    CAVERLIERI
    • Rap. di Anima e di Corpo
    ECCLES
    • The Judgement of Paris
    HANDEL
    • Aci, Gallatea e Polifemo
    • Agrippina
    • Alceste
    • Alexander Balus
    • Arias
    • Ariodante
    • Atalanta
    • Athalia
    • Deborah
    • Duetti amorosi
    • Esther
    • Ezio
    • Giulio Cesare
    • Gloria
    • Hercules
    • Israel in Eqypt
    • Jephtha
    • Joshua
    • Messiah
    • Ottone
    • Poro
    • Riccardo Primo
    • Rinaldo
    • Rodelinda
    • Samson
    • Semele
    • Solomon
    • Sorsame
    • Tolomeo
    MONTEVERDI
    • Incoronazione di Poppea
    • Orfeo
    • Vespers of 1610
    PURCELL
    • King Arthur
    • The Fairy Queen
    RAMEAU
    • Dardanus
    • Les Palladins (Suite)
    VIVALDI
    • L'incoronazione di Dario
    • L'Olimpiade
    • La Verita in Cimento
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