His performances at the major international festivals in Boston, Vienna, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Milan, Florence, Geneva, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Melbourne, Adelaide, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Berkeley, Bath, Montpellier, Utrecht, Bruges, Antwerp, Bremen, Dresden, Innsbruck, Tenerife, Copenhagen, Oslo, Cordoba, etc. have often been singled out as the highlight of those events.
Paul O'Dette has made more than 140 recordings, winning two Grammys, receiving seven Grammy nominations and numerous other international record awards. “The Complete Lute Music of John Dowland” (a 5-CD set for harmonia mundi usa), was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'année, while “The Royal Lewters” has received the Diapason d’Or, a Choc du Monde de la Musique, a 5-star rating in BBC “Music Magazine”, 5-star rating in “Goldberg” and a perfect score of 10 from ClassicsToday.com. “The Bachelar’s Delight: Lute Music of Daniel Bacheler” was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 as “Best Solo Instrumental Recording.”
O'Dette is also active conducting Baroque operas. His recording of Charpentier’s “La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers” with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble won a Grammy for “Best Opera Recording of 2014,” as well as an Echo Klassik Award in the same category. In 1997 he led performances of Luigi Rossi's “L'Orfeo” at Tanglewood, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) and the Drottningholm Court Theatre in Sweden with Stephen Stubbs. Since 1999 they have co-directed performances of Cavalli's “Ercole Amante” at the Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Provenzale's “La Stellidaura Vendicata” at the Vadstena Academy in Sweden, Monteverdi's “Orfeo” and “L'Incoronazione di Poppea” for Festival Vancouver, Lully's “Thésée”, Conradi’s “Ariadne” (Hamburg, 1691) Mattheson’s “Boris Goudenow”, Lully’s “Psyché”, Monteverdi’s “Poppea”, Handel’s “Acis and Galatea”, Steffani’s “Niobe” and Handel’s “Almira” for the Boston Early Music Festival. Their recording of “Ariadne” was nominated for a Grammy as “Best Opera Recording of 2005”, “Thésée” in 2007 and “Psyché” in 2008. Both Lully recordings were also nominated for “Gramophone” awards. Their most recent opera recording, “Niobe”, was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’année, an Echo Klassik Award and the prestigious Jahrespreis der Deutschenschallplattenkritik. Paul O'Dette has guest directed numerous Baroque orchestras and opera productions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Paul O'Dette is Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music and Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.