Sciarrino’s La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke: Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall concerts

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US premiere Carnegie Hall, New York Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Antonio Pappano, conductor “Yet these final, questioning phrases contain some of the most traditionally luminous motifs in Mr. Sciarrino’s piece, calling for Ms. Hannigan’s vibrato, as well as notes in her upper range. The effect was to have it both ways, to court the beauty of tradition while …

Reviews Crazy Girl Crazy: “Stunning debut” “phenomenal” “madly compelling listen”

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De Volkskrant (5 out of 5 stars) Frits van der Waa, 29 September 2017 Hannigan has the capacity to become legendary as a conductor “Whether she sings or conducts, Hannigan is phenomenal. She does both with great ease” “It results in a highly charged performance in which color and expression are fully present.” “Hannigan, now in her mid-forties, is already …

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Barbara Hannigan is Mélisande at the Ruhrtriennale

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Barbara makes her debut at Germany’s Ruhrtriennale as Mélisande in Krzystof Warlikowski’s new staging of Pelléas et Mélisande. The French conductor Sylvain Cambreling, who is regarded as one of the leading Debussy specialists of our time, conducts the Bochumer Symphoniker, which occupies a central place in an impressive stage design by Malgorzata Szecniak. REVIEWS “Barbara Hannigan ist als (rollenerfahrene) Mélisande …

Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia Glyndebourne

World premiere of Hamlet at Glyndebourne

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In her first appearance at Glyndebourne, Barbara is Ophelia in the highly anticipated world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet. Reviews from Glyndebourne’s production of Hamlet Bachtrack.com, David Karlin, 12 June 2017 (4 out of 5 stars) “Those characters were performed by a truly exceptional cast, the most exceptional of all being Barbara Hannigan as Ophelia. In her mad scene, which …

Barbara Hannigan is Lulu: Staatsoper Hamburg

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Barbara returns to one of her signature roles this month following her “outstanding” (The New York Times) award-winning performances as Lulu in Brussels at La Monnaie in 2012. The premiere of Christoph Marthaler’s new production of Lulu on February 12th at Staatsoper Hamburg was highly acclaimed: “The world has not experienced a Lulu like that.” (Die Deutsche Bühne). Subsequent performances …

Hannigan “spellbinding” “stunning” “mesmerising” as Agnès

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Barbara returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden this month to sing the role of Agnès, which she created and has subsequently performed in major cities throughout Europe and North America. George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin is one of the most successful new operas of recent times. Since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 …

let me tell you tops Best of 2016 lists

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Since its release last January, let me tell you has garnered numerous awards, including a Gramophone Award, an Edison Klassiek award, and most recently a Diapason d’Or. let me tell you ends the year on a high note, landing on many prestigious Best of 2016 lists. #6 NPR Best 50 Albums of 2016 let me tell you came in at number …

World premiere: Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures under Ground

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Gerald Barry’s new opera Alice’s Adventures under Ground follows the immense success of The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011, which has been performed all over the world, most recently to sold-out audiences in London and at Lincoln Center, New York, and has been heralded as a masterpiece of modern opera. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground received its world premiere in …

Diapason d’or & Edison Klassiek for let me tell you

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Barbara Hannigan’s recording of Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Andris Nelsons on Winter & Winter has picked up two more awards this month: a Diapason d’or and an Edison Klassiek award. In the Diapason magazine: “Un des rares compositeurs vivants à montrer autant d’imagination profonde, tel qu’en témoigne ce cycle de mélodies avec …

Critical acclaim in Copenhagen

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At the end of September, Barbara led Copenhagen’s DR Symfoniorkestret in a soprano/conductor programme of music by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn and Stravinsky. REVIEWS Fierce soprano conducted herself and created something very special in the concert hall “The audience stood up and shouted in delight at the end as Barbara Hannigan finished an unusual, ambitious and fascinating Thursday Concert.” “Barbara Hannigan …