Paul Agnew

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Paul Agnew (born 1964 in Glasgow) is a Scottish operatic tenor.

Agnew read music as a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. He became associated with the Consort of Musicke, the Tallis Scholars, the Sixteen and the Gothic Voices, before embarking on a solo career in the early 1990s.

Closely associated with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew has performed the roles of Jason in Charpentier's Médée and of Hippolyte in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, as well as appearing on the recordings of La descente d'Orphée aux enfers and Les plaisirs de Versailles, both by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Acis and Galatea by George Frideric Handel, and Rameau's Grands Motets (Gramophone's Best Early Music Vocal award in 1995). In 2007 Agnew conducted Les Arts Florissants in a performance of Antonio Vivaldi. He was the first person other than William Christie to conduct the ensemble. He has since combined his conducting and singing careers.

Paul Agnew's other recordings include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Bach cantatas and Bach's Mass in B minor with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Bach's St John Passion with Stephen Cleobury (also on video), Bach's St Markus Passion with Roy Goodman, Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ with Philippe Herreweghe, Handel's Solomon with Paul McCreesh, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Philip Pickett and Rameau's Dardanus with Pinchgut Opera. He has played the title travesti role in Rameau's Platée, which has been released on DVD.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Les Grands Motets Rameau; William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Daneman, Rime, Agnew, Rivenq, Cavallier 1
1995 At Twilight: Chorale Music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg Percy Grainger, Edvard Grieg; Polyphony, Stephen Layton, David Wilson-Johnson, Paul Agnew 2
2001 Irish, Welsh & Scottish Songs Ludwig van Beethoven; Sophie Daneman, Paul Agnew, Peter Harvey, Alessandro Moccia, Alix Verzier, Jérôme Hantaï 1
2005 Arie d'Opera (Modo Antiquo, director: Federico Maria Sardelli) Antonio Vivaldi, Sandrine Piau, Ann Hallenberg, Paul Agnew, Guillemette Laurens & Modo Antiquo 1
2005 Atenaide Vivaldi; Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli, Sandrine Piau, Vivica Genaux, Guillemette Laurens, Romina Basso, Nathalie Stutzmann, Paul Agnew, Stefano Ferrari 1
2013 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern: Deutsche Weihnachtsmusik des 17. Jahrhunderts Paul Agnew, Lautten Compagney & Dorothee Mields 1

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