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Paul Esswood

British born Paul Esswood is one of the world's leading countertenors. He has worked in opera houses throughout Europe and America and was the first countertenor 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 worldwide. He has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, performing Handel's Jephtha and Saul and Monteverdi's Orfeo. He has sung Oberon in the Cologne 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). 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, Three Choirs and London Promenade Concerts.

As a teacher, he is Professor of baroque vocal interpretation at the Royal Academy of Music and gives regular masterclasses throughout the world. He is the visiting professor for vocal interpretation at the Gdansk Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the German Handel prize in 1992. Paul Esswood, utilizing his considerable experience in the baroque vocal field, has now begun a career as a conductor.He has conducted i.a. Pratum Integrum baroque orchestra, Polish Orchestra of XVIII Century, Capella Cracoviensis, Krakow Radio Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Capella Bydgostiensis, Lodz Academy Choir and Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Cappella Gedanensis, Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in Krakow, choir and orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice.