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 …

Order of Canada appointment

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Announced today, Barbara is one of the newly appointed members to the Order of Canada. She has been recognized “for her achievements as an internationally renowned opera singer and cultural ambassador for Canada”. The Order of Canada, given to more than 6,500 people since its creation in 1967, recognizes Canadians who have been high achievers in their fields or have …

Le Mort de Socrate in Warsaw

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One night only, at midnight in the heart of Warsaw: Le Mort de Socrate will be performed by Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw. This unique musical experience will be staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski to commemorate the opening of the Nowy Theater in Warsaw. Hannigan and Warlikowski have collaborated on numerous productions together including Lulu, Don Giovanni and most recently …

Socrate album release

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Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw celebrate Erik Satie’s 150th birthday with a new recording, Socrate. Erik Satie’s 150th birthday on May 17, 2016 is a perfect opportunity to rediscover the works of this original and unique composer who was a friend of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Léonide Massine, Man Ray, and a close friend of Jean Cocteau, all important …