Soprano Barbara Hannigan divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras. The Berlin Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony are among the orchestras with whom she holds close relationships. Barbara has worked with the most prominent conductors, including Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, David Zinman, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert and Reinbert de Leeuw. Her commitment to the music of our time has led to an extensive collaboration with composers including Boulez, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Sciarrino, Barry, Dusapin and Abrahamsen.

Notable operatic appearances include the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande, which Hannigan performed in two consecutive summers: Katie Mitchell’s staging at the 2016 Festival d’Aix-en-Province conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as in Krszysztof Warlikowski’s 2017 staging of the work at Ruhrtriennale conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. Singing with “ease, virtuosity and colour that you hear from no other singer of today” (Le Figaro), Hannigan sang Lulu in Warlikowski’s acclaimed 2012 production at La Monnaie in 2012 and more recently in Christoph Marthaler’s new production at Hamburg Staatsoper in 2017, and will remount the production there in 2018 and 2020. She sang the role of Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Bayerische Staatsoper – a hugely acclaimed performance directed by Andreas Kriegenburg and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, for which she won the Faust Award in Germany. Following her highly successful debut in 2015 at Opera de Paris with La Voix Humaine again directed by Warlikowski, she returns to revive the work in spring 2018. She created the role of Agnes in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, a production which has garnered rave reviews worldwide, with most recent performances at London’s Royal Opera House last season. She returns there this season to perform in the hotly anticipated new work of George Benjamin, Lessons in Love and Violence. The production also travels to the Dutch National Opera in summer 2018. Barbara has worked extensively with choreographer Sasha Waltz on productions of Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Dusapin’s Passion. The 2016/17 season saw Hannigan sing the world premieres of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and in summer 2017 she made her debut at Glyndebourne Festival as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet.

In 2017, Barbara releases her first album as singer and conductor, with LUDWIG Orchestra as the orchestral forces, on Alpha Classics, entitled Crazy Girl Crazy. The CD features works by Berio, Berg and a specially commissioned Gershwin arrangement by Bill Elliott. A new film, Music is Music, directed by Mathieu Amalric accompanies the CD and it will be screened at the 2017 New York Film Festival, at Walter Theatre at Lincoln Center. Upon describing Barbara’s conducting and programming, the New York Times wrote: “Ms Hannigan’s performances are viscerally affecting…she constructs them with a kind of postmodern self-consciousness; they’re private worlds, designed to satisfy herself – artistically, intellectually, emotionally – as much as her audience.”

Recent and upcoming conducting highlights include performances with Danish National and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Münchner Philharmoniker and LUDWIG Orchestra, with whom she tours Europe this December. Barbara also appears in recital tour with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw in Toronto, Washington, New York, Philadelphia and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Barbara’s recordings have garnered awards from Gramophone, Edison, Victoires de la Musique and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Other awards include Singer of the Year (Opernwelt, 2013) and Musical Personality of the Year (Syndicat de la Presse Francaise, 2012).

Recently appointed as a member to the Order of Canada, Barbara Hannigan’s life as an artist has been the subject of documentaries: Accentus Music’s acclaimed documentary I’m a creative animal, produced at Lucerne Festival 2014 where she was Artiste Etoile, Dutch television’s Canadees Podiumdier (NTR 2014), as well as Mathieu Amalric’s short film, C’est presque au bout du monde.

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10 OCTOBER 2017
Recital with Reinbert de Leeuw


13 OCTOBER 2017
New York Film Festival
screen premiere Music is music
C’est presque au bout du monde


14 OCTOBER 2017
New York Film Festival
Music is music
C’est presque au bout du monde


21 OCTOBER 2017
SCIARRINO La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia


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