Artiste étoile at the Lucerne Festival


Lucerne Festival Hannigan 2014At this year’s Lucerne Festival, Barbara Hannigan is the ‘Artiste étoile’ and performs in a series of concerts throughout the festival.

Hannigan conducts and sings with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a late night concert of Rossini, Mozart, Ligeti and Fauré; sings in the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Le Silence des Sirènes with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; and on the closing night of the festival Hannigan performs Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the Lucerne Festival Academy conducted by Matthias Pintscher.

From 25-30 August selected students of the Lucerne Festival Academy Chorus join Hannigan in a series of Master Classes in Voice which culminate in a late night concert with her on stage.


“For a Festival, Change Comes, Invited or Not”
New York Times, August 2014

“Hannigan’s theatrical energy, her effortless heights and unearthly precision all become part of a seductive whole; and then there is a sense of childlike joy and wonder in Chin’s sonic explorations. Le Silence des Sirènes is a great piece.”
Financial Times

Priska Ketterer, photo credit



“Her Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows”
New York Times, August 2014

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