INTERVIEWS & FEATURES


Barbara HanniganStar soprano, conductor and composers’ muse – is there anything that Barbara Hannigan can’t do
The Telegraph
Ben Lawrence

17 September 2017

Ahead of the release of Crazy Girl Crazy, a candid interview about why Barbara loves to die on stage, what Lulu means to her, her work ethic and how she has made a career from doing things “on her authority”.

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photo credit Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival Hannigan BarbaraCracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton
The New York Times
Michael Cooper

01 September 2016

During the Lucerne Festival, Marin Alsop, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Susanna Malkki and Barbara Hannigan spoke, individually, with The New York Times about music, their careers, and conducting while female.

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A Soprano Finds a New Voice: Conducting
The New York Times
Zachary Woolfe

05 August 2016

A feature article in The New York Times about Barbara’s path from soprano to conductor.

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Barbara Hannigan ‘midden in de muziek’
Gooi- en Eemlander
Josée Zuiver

01 September 2016

“As a singer I am used to working with large orchestras and ensembles. The bigger the group, the more comfortable I feel. The transition to conducting is a very natural one for me. I really enjoy being surrounded by the music.”

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publicity-barbara_hannigan_300Barbara Hannigan, Multidimensional Performer and New Music Super Star!
VoicePrint, newsletter of the Australian Voice Association, June/2016
written by Joan Melton, PhD

06 January 2016

An in-depth interview with Barbara about breathing and dancing, “incorporation”, why failure is important, and how crucial it is for performers to have the right food and exercise regimen.

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Barbara Hannigan: Sie kann, was sie will
Die Zeit Nr. 21/2016
written by Christine Lemke-Matwey

12 Mai 2016

“Als Sopranistin ist Barbara Hannigan mit allen Wassern der neuen Musik gewaschen. Jetzt wird sie Dirigentin.”

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Barbara Hannigan Nouveau‘Ik ben getrouwd met de muziek’
‘I’m married to the music’

Nouveau
Feature written by Marion Florusse
Photography by Chantal Ariëns

September 2015

She is one of the most exception opera singers of our time. Barbara Hannigan excels in everything she does and always follows the path less followed. When singing, dancing, or in her latest endeavour, conducting. “It was a dream that became reality”

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Das war meine Rettung: ‘Ich war bereit, ins Risiko zu gehen’
Zeitmagazin Nr. 34/2015
5 September 2015

“Barbara Hannigan fürchtete sich vor dem Studium in der Großstadt. Die zeitgenössische Musik half ihr. Ein Interview von Ijoma Mangold”

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BH-spectatorClassical music doesn’t need to change.
It just needs more performers like Barbara Hannigan

The Spectator
Arts feature written by Philip Clark

23 April 2015

“I find my comfort zone in the wilderness”

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Barbara Hannigan: Being the Music
The Whole Note
written by Wendalyn Bartley

February 2015

“I don’t think of playing a role anymore, it’s just BEING the music. I’m being that music, whether its concert or opera.”

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Harper’s Bazaar
written by Persis Bekkering; photos by Stephan Vanfleteren

December 2014

In Mozarts opera Don Giovanni zal Barbara Hannigan, de alom geroemde Canadese sopraan en bovendien revolutionair direigent, haar roldebuut als Donna Anna maken. Hannigan: ‘THIS IS IT!’

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Lulu gaat nooit meer weg
Staalkaart #27, by Stefan Grondelaers
November-December 2014

In de opera zijn er rollen en zangers, maar zangers komen soms zo dicht bij de essentie van een rol dat ze hun personage niet langer spelen maar gewoon zijn. In 2012 is de Canadese sopraan Barbara Hannigan ‘Lulu’ geworden, in de Muntproductie van Alban Bergs gelijknamige meesterwerk die toeschouwers en critici met verstomming sloeg. Volgende maand komt er wellicht een deel van Hannigan/Lulu in Donna Anna terecht, in de Muntproductie van Mozarts Don Giovanni, die net zoals Lulu geregisseerd wordt door de Poolse regisseur Krzysztof Warlikowski.

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Pour Barbara Hannigan, chant et THÉÂTRE ne font qu’un
LaLibre.be, by Martine Mergeay
27 November 2014

Depuis son premier récital à la Monnaie, en septembre 2007 – c’était l’ouverture de la première saison de Peter De Caluwe -, la soprano canadienne Barbara Hannigan s’est imposée comme une des plus grandes interprètes d’opéra, particulièrement sollicitée dans la création contemporaine, mais pas que… Musicienne accomplie, dotée d’un physique de rêve, avec sa silhouette gracieuse, sa longue chevelure, ses immenses yeux bruns, elle est aussi une comédienne exceptionnelle, donnant vie et feu à chacun de ses rôles.

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Klassikzeit: Interview mit Barbara Hannigan
BRF, with Hans Reul
26 November 2014

Sie ist eine der erfolgreichsten Sängerinnen unserer Tage: die Kanadierin Barbara Hannigan. 2013 wurde sie in der Kritikerumfrage von “Opernwelt” zur Sängerin des Jahres gewählt.

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Hannigan Creative Animal SRF KulturDas “Creative Animal” Barbara Hannigan ganz nah
SRF Kultur, by Markus Wicker
06 November 2014

Sie singt schwierigste Partituren mit Kraft und Leichtigkeit. Sie dirigiert. Manchmal sogar beides auf einmal. Unerschrockenen gibt sich Barbara Hannigan ihrer Kunst hin. Doch wie begegnet man einer, die einen mit ihrer Brillanz einschüchtert?

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Ein absoluter Glücksfall im Opernbetrieb
Catch-up Service, dctp.tv
15 October 2014

Barbara Hannigan stammt aus einem Ort in Kanada, dessen Atem, Geräuschpegel und Natur den Gegenpol zu Großstädten und Opernhäusern in Europa bilden. Zugleich ist sie eine der großartigsten Soprane. Sie singt nicht nur, sondern kann tanzen und dirigiert das Concertgebouw Orchester in Amsterdam.
Es ist ein Glücksfall, dass dieses Multitalent für die Aufführung der Oper DIE SOLDATEN von Bernd Alois Zimmermann an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München gewonnen werden konnte. Auf Anhieb war sie Liebling des Publikums. Durch ihre Verbindung von Gesang und Darstellung. Sie singt die Marie, ein 15-jähriges Mädchen von unbezwinglichem Lebenswillen, das von der sie umgebenden Männerwelt ruiniert wird.

Disziplinierte Befreiung
Tages Anzeiger & Berner Zeitung, by Susanne Kübler
27 August 2014

Zeitgenössische Musik ist unzugänglich? Nicht, wenn die Sängerin und Dirigentin Barbara Hannigan auf dem Podium steht. Derzeit ist sie Artiste étoile beim Lucerne Festival.

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Artiste étoile am Lucerne Festival Sommer 2014
Parlando, SRF Kultur
24 August 2014

“Ich bin eine Frau – und Frauen sind besonders gut im Multi-Tasking.”
Barbara Hannigan lacht zwar zu diesem Satz, nichts desto trotz hat sie sich in den letzten Jahren darin geradezu perfektioniert: Sie singt und dirigiert und beides zusammen ergibt eine Performance erster Güte.

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photo credit Priska KettererHer Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows
The New York Times, by James R. Oestreich
19 August 2014

Barbara Hannigan, a superb and versatile Canadian soprano, has found another use for her hands and arms. At 43, she is developing a second career, as a conductor, and she seems to be stealing shows around Europe with some regularity, as she did here on Saturday in a late-night concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the KKL Concert Hall as part of the Lucerne Festival.

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Staatsoper_2014_HANNIGAN-BWfotoAus Disziplin wird Freiheit
Max Joseph Magazine
by Michael Struck-Schloen; photos by Elmer de Haas

April 2014

Max Joseph Magazine interviewed Barbara Hannigan in Amsterdam about her upcoming debut as Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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80% Ophelia
Göteborgs Symphoniker
March 2014

Barbara Hannigan talks about her performance in Hans Abrahamsen’s work let me tell you with lyrics by Paul Griffiths, based on Shakespeare’s word given to Ophelia in Hamlet.
Interview by Måns Pär Fogelberg

Barbara Hannigan: Canadees podiumdier
NTR Podium
30 March 2014

The ‘fearless soprano’ and conductor Barbara Hannigan attracts audiences worldwide with new music and spectacular operatic roles. Every now and again she has time to visit her homeland Canada, just as she did last Christmas. A portrait of a Canadian tour de force.

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In Conversation with Hans Abrahamsen & Paul Griffiths
Digital Concert Hall
21 December 2013

Barbara Hannigan in conversation with composer Hans Abrahamsen and librettist Paul Griffiths about let me tell you.

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Perfect Poise
Opera Now, by Francis Carlin
December 2013

Discipline, detail and dynamic energy are the qualities that characterise Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan. A tireless advocate for contemporary opera, she give definitive performances of new works across the world, winning over audiences to supposedly ‘difficult’ music. Francis Carlin caught up with her as she prepared to take Paris by storm.

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Barbara Hannigan: super soprano
Les Echoes, by Philippe Venturini
30 August 2013

Elle a contribué au succès phénoménal de la création de « Written on Skin » à Aix-en-Provence l’été dernier. Elle a stupéfié le public par son incarnation sans fard de la « Lulu » de Berg au théâtre de la Monnaie à Bruxelles. Elle participera dimanche à l’un des deux concerts très attendus de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin dirigés par Simon Rattle. Tout ce qu’entreprend Barbara Hannigan est synonyme d’intensité, d’engagement artistique absolu. Il n’est alors pas étonnant que la soprano canadienne soit une des plus sollicitées du moment…

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Barbara Hannigan: ‘Where’s the crazy stuff?’
The Guardian, by Tom Service
14 March 2013

Singing and conducting while dressed as an S&M police chief? Well, the Canadian soprano, currently starring in the Royal Opera House’s Written on Skin, does like to take risks…

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Interview on CBC Radio
The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright
28 March 2013

Barbara Hannigan speaks with Michael Enright on her Canadian roots, singing in Europe and the role of Lulu.

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Contemporary Diva, Maestra: The mysteries of Barbara Hannigan
Listen Magazine, by Rebecca Schmid
spring 2013

There are sopranos who dazzle audiences with their technical virtuosity and glamorous presence. There are sopranos who go down in history as muses to composers of their time. And then there is Barbara Hannigan, who fearlessly defy the boundaries of contemporary performance. ….

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Diva wider Willen
Süddeutsche Zeitung, by Wolfgang Schreiber
18 February 2013

Die Sopranisten Barbara Hannigan ist zur Kultfigur der musikalischen Moderne geworden – und dirigieren kann sie auch. ….

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Barbara Hannigan on her work with Henri Dutilleux
Digital Concert Hall, with Jonathan Kelly
16 February 2013

The works of Henri Dutilleux lead rather a shadowy existence in the music world. Unjustly so, as shown by his Correspondances for soprano and orchestra, premièred in 2003 by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle. In February 2012, this virtually fully Romantic-sounding work was heard again in the Philharmonie.

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Sie kann alles, wohlmöglich auch rückwärts
Berliner Morgenpost, by Manuel Brug
14 February 2013

Sopranisten Barbara Hannigan ist bei den Berliner Philharmonikern gern gesehen. Manchmal dirigiert sie auch. Ein Treffen. ….

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Performing and Music Communication
Barbara Hannigan live in Berlin on Sarah’s Horn Hangouts
26 January 2013

Barbara Hannigan talks to Sarah Willis live in Berlin about perfect pitch, how a singer breathes, what it’s like conducting Sir Simon Rattle and offers some great performance tips.

Singing the changes
Time Out, by Jonathan Lennie
22 January 2013

There are singers who push themselves to the limit and then there is Barbara Hannigan. The Canadian soprano, from a village in Nova Scotia, has not only stormed the world of modern classical music by breezing through extremely difficult scores, but she also acts and conducts….

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Barbara Hannigan: pitch perfect
The Times, by Richard Morrison
17 January 2013

Why this Canadian soprano is setting the opera world on fire with her extraordinary vocal range and joyous precision.

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Barbara Hannigan: Feuer-Erde-Wasser-Luft-Wesen
Crescendo.de, by Angelika Rahm
28 November 2012

Die in Kanada aufgewachsene Sängerin Barbara Hannigan überzeugt Kritiker und Publikum. Höchste Zeit, sich näher mit ihr zu beschäftigen.

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Barbara Hannigan: une femme-CAMÉLÉON
LeFigaro.fr, by Christian Merlin
20 November 2012

Barbara Hannigan, soprano et chef d’orchestre, annoncerait-t-elle une nouvelle génération d’artistes?

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Barbara Hannigan, amoureuse de Lulu
LaLibre.be, by Nicolas Blanmont
13 October 2012

Barbara Hannigan est un personnage atypique dans le monde de l’opéra. Pas seulement par ce mélange de beauté et de vitalité, de lumière et d’engagement qui marque chacune de ses interprétations – on l’a encore vue récemment à la Monnaie dans le “Passion” de Dusapin. Pour l’originalité de sa démarche, certes, qui la conduit de plus en plus à cumuler chant et direction d’orchestre. Mais aussi et surtout par les choix qu’elle pose : les choix du risque, de la création ou, à tout le moins, d’un répertoire qui remonte rarement à plus d’un siècle.

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Lulu at La Monnaie
with Philippe Dewolf
12 October 2012

Philippe Dewolf interviews Barbara Hannigan about the role of Lulu.

Barbara Hannigan on Vivier
2012 New Creations Festival
20 February 2012

Barbara Hannigan reflects on her experience performing Lonely Child, Claude Vivier’s haunting cantata for soprano.

‘You must go all the way’
The Daily Telegraph, by Ivan Hewett
24 September 2011

Fearless Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a Hitchcock blonde with a voice like no other. Having mastered the role of a paranoid hysteric, she is tackling one of the wonders of modern music.

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photo_financialtimesIn the premiere league
Financial Times, by Shirley Apthorp
23 September 2011

Even the knottiest new music holds no fears for Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan

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The Spellbinding Ms Hannigan
International Arts Manager, by Maria Roberts
15 September 2011

Hannigan is an electric performer who uses her delicate skills to possess and audience with her energetic delivery. The Canadian soprano and conductor, who studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, has given over 75 world premieres – and she is as passionate about contemporary work as she is about baroque and classical music.

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Elegance
text: Marion Florusse; photos: Femke Reyerman

2010

Voor Hannigan is zingen de ultieme vorm van communiceren…

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Creative moves
Opera Canada, by Barbara Hannigan
winter 2010

Soprano Barbara Hannigan is passionate about performing contemporary repertoire. We asked her to keep track of her latest creation – Pascal Dusapin’s Passion.

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Artists on Stage: Barbara Hannigan
Opera Canada, by Christopher Hoile
fall 2009

Soprano Barbara Hannigan had just finished performing in Kris Defoort’s new opera, House of the Sleeping Beauties, in Luxembourg last May when I interviewed her about her career. She had created the work’s central role earlier that month in Brussels. Creating roles is nothing new to Hannigan, who has become so renowned in the field of contemporary music that works have been composed especially for her …

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Voor sopraan Hannigan is niets onmogelijk
Het Parool, by Erik Voermans
19 January 2007

Coloratuursopraan Barbara Hannigan is de muze van vele componisten: voor haar lijken geen technische beperkingen te bestaan. Zaterdag zingt ze in het Concertgebouw een topstuk in het genre: Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.

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‘Het is een kwestie van fysiek geheugen’
Praeludium, Concertgebouw Magazine
by Henriette Posthuma de Boer

2007

Haar repertoire reikt van Bach tot Britten en Berio, van Lully tot Ligeti en Luigo Nono. Ook de muziek van Pierre Boulez is haar niet vreemd: twee jaar geleden zong zij in Dortmund Le visage nuptial. Maar zijn Pli selon pli, dat zij op 5 juni met het Schönberg Ensemble zal vertolken, bezorgt haar slapeloze nachten. “Als ik vier maten per dag kan leren, ben ik al tevreden.”

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Gerald Barry: The performer’s perspective
Oxford Music Now, by Barbara Hannigan
winter 2007

Gerald Barry and I started working together in 2004, when I sang the role of Gabrielle in the ENO premiere of his opera The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, after Fassbinder’s play. I was no stranger to his music, having heard a hair-raising performance in Toronto when I was a student in the 1990s …

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