World premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence

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Lessons in Love and Violence is the latest collaboration between composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp. Their previous work includes the large-scale opera Written on Skin – which has since become the most performed new opera of the 21st century. The world premiere of Lessons in Love and Violence opened at London’s Royal Opera House on May 10th. The …

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Barbara Hannigan & LUDWIG on tour: “magical” “sensational” “overwhelming”

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Last December soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG Orchestra toured throughout Europe, performing music from their Grammy nominated album, Crazy Girl Crazy. Reviews de Volkskrant , 05 December 2017 “The enamoured public knows: we’ll still be talking about this in fifty years” “On Monday she confirmed in the Concertgebouw what we never should have doubted: Hannigan is not only the coolest …

Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw: recital reviews

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In November 2017, Barbara performed with Reinbert de Leeuw in the United States and Canada with two recital programs. Their main recital program included lieder in turn-of-the-century Vienna, with songs by Wolf, Schoenberg, Webern, Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler, and Berg. The second program, exclusively for Park Avenue Armory in New York, was all Satie: Hannigan recorded many of the works on …

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Crazy Girl Crazy nominated for a Grammy Award!

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The debut album of Barbara Hannigan as singer and conductor has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category. Various Reviews “Intelligent, invigorating, Crazy Girl Crazy is a madly compelling listen.” -The Times “Whether she sings or conducts, Hannigan is phenomenal.” -De Volkskrant “Barbara Hannigan suscite aussi l’admiration pour l’intelligence de sa direction musicale.” …

Sciarrino’s La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke: Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall concerts

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US premiere Carnegie Hall, New York Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Antonio Pappano, conductor “Yet these final, questioning phrases contain some of the most traditionally luminous motifs in Mr. Sciarrino’s piece, calling for Ms. Hannigan’s vibrato, as well as notes in her upper range. The effect was to have it both ways, to court the beauty of tradition while …

Reviews Crazy Girl Crazy: “Stunning debut” “phenomenal” “madly compelling listen”

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De Volkskrant (5 out of 5 stars) Frits van der Waa, 29 September 2017 Hannigan has the capacity to become legendary as a conductor “Whether she sings or conducts, Hannigan is phenomenal. She does both with great ease” “It results in a highly charged performance in which color and expression are fully present.” “Hannigan, now in her mid-forties, is already …