Barbara Hannigan conducts her first opera in Gothenburg: The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky. This semi-staged production by director Linus Fellbom features the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble and singers from Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists mentoring initiative.
The opera production premières on 12 December in the Gothenburg Concert Hall with further performances on 14 and 15 December. The whole project has been filmed since the very first auditions in spring 2017 by Accentus Music for a special documentary on Barbara Hannigan/Equilibrium (working title: Taking Risks) and the concerts will also be separately filmed for future distribution, including Swedish national television.
For Barbara Hannigan, this is a dream project:
“This project is especially close to my heart not least because it involves the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, with whom I have had such positive musical experiences over the past years, as well as a select group of young professional musicians from my Equilibrium Young Artists mentoring initiative. These inspiring young colleagues were hand picked by me from a group of over 350 applicants from 39 countries, over the course of several months of auditions across Europe in 2017. Our work together involves not only the preparation of the opera, but also ongoing workshop intensives, addressing their mindset and careers as passionate, disciplined, focused, versatile and outstanding musicians.”
The staging is a co-production with the Munich Philharmonic, the Belgian Klara Festival/La Monnaie, the Californian Ojai Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival.
Singer/conductor Barbara Hannigan has a very special relationship with The Rake’s Progress:
“The role of Anne Truelove was the first major opera role I ever performed over 20 years ago, and now things are coming full circle, with this masterpiece being the first opera I conduct.”