At the forefront of the revival of the French baroque repertoire, Paul Agnew made his debut in the title-role in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at the Palais Garnier conducted by William Christie. He has since returned to Opéra National de Paris for Rameau's Platée, Les Boréades and Les Indes galantes.
Agnew continues to perform the demanding haute-contre roles worldwide including at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opernhaus Zürich. In recent seasons he has extended his repertoire to include Mozart’s Idomeneo, Britten’s Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Handel’s Jephtha and Damon (Acis and Galatea) at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.
In 2011, he goes on a major tour of Lully’s Atys throughout France and also in New York, with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, in Jean-Marie Villégier's stage direction first created in 1987.
Agnew's voice is one of the most searingly expressive in the Baroque field; he brings great intensity to the angry outbursts of Couperin's Audite omnes et expanescite as well as ardent lyricism to his Repsice in me. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a better person for the job. The Gramophone