MEZZO in March: Lulu and Don Giovanni

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Throughout March, Mezzo features two La Monnaie/De Munt opera productions staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski: Lulu and Don Giovanni. BERG Lulu La Monnaie | Paul Daniel, conductor | Krzysztof Warlikowski, mise en scène Barbara Hannigan: Lulu 07 March, 10:02AM, Mezzo HD 16 March, 12:30PM, Mezzo HD 22 March, 10:03PM, Mezzo HD 28 March, 10:03AM, Mezzo HD MOZART Don Giovanni La Monnaie …

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 …

New opera by George Benjamin

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The morning after: last night I sang my final Agnès at Covent Garden. And today the Royal Opera House released this!! Thrilled to be on board!! Read more: New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.

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 …

Portrait article in The Times: “An opera diva who knows how to conduct herself”

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“An opera diva who knows how to conduct herself: Barbara Hannigan talks about how to create a masterpiece and her journey from soprano to maestro” portrait article written by Neil Fisher in The Times In this portrait article, Barbara speaks to The Times about recent world premieres, her soprano-to-maestro move, and starting a foundation for young singers. Read the full …

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 …

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 …

Lucerne Festival with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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Barbara conducted the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on August 23rd at the Lucerne Festival in a programme of works by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn, Berg and the world premiere of Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite, arranged for her by Tony Award winning composer Bill Elliott. Earlier this month Barbara gave the keynote speech at the opening night of the Lucerne Festival. The speech …

“A Soprano Finds a New Voice: Conducting”: feature article in The New York Times

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“A Soprano Finds a New Voice: Conducting” feature article written by Zachary Woolfe in The New York Times In this feature article, Barbara discusses her path from soprano to conductor, her inspirations for leading roles she performs, and upcoming engagements with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony. Read the full article online >> photo credit: France Keyser for The New …

Pelléas et Mélisande: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

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Barbara makes her debut as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at this year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, directed by Katie Mitchell. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Festival’s new production of the opera, which is in partnership with Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa and the Beijing Music Festival. Performances take place on 2, 4, 7 (*live stream), 13 and 16 …