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Leo Duarte

Praised for his vivid conducting, and described in the press as an

“explosive tangle of musical energy”, Duarte is always eager to

challenge the status quo in search of overlooked aspects of

performance practice and is dedicated to research into early manuscripts

and treatises. As Artistic Director of Opera Settecento, he has

conducted acclaimed landmark performances, including the modern-day

premières of Hasse’s Demetrio, four of Handel’s pasticcio operas, and,

in 2022, the première performances of Bärenreiter’s new edition of

Handel’s Fernando at the London and Halle Handel Festivals. He is also

Principal Oboist with the Academy of Ancient Music.