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 …

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 …

let me tell you wins Gramophone Award

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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 won this year’s Contemporary Gramophone Award. This Gramophone win marks the third time Hannigan has featured as a winner in the Contemporary category of the magazine’s annual awards. She features on the winning contemporary recordings in 2014 …

“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 …