La Passione: new album release with LUDWIG Orchestra

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Barbara Hannigan releases her second album as soprano and conductor with Dutch orchestra LUDWIG, following on from Crazy Girl Crazy which won the 2018 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal album. La Passione, with works by Luigi Nono, Franz Joseph Haydn and Gérard Grisey, will be out on 20 March 2020. The first single and start of the pre-order …

Barry’s Salome: World premiere in 2021 with Equilibrium Young Artists

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Gerald Barry’s operas The Importance of Being Earnest and Alice’s Adventures Underground both saw their world premieres with the LA Phil. Appropriately for the debut of Barry’s brand-new opera, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan leads the leads the LA Phil New Music Group in the Oscar Wilde-inspired Salome. The world premiere also marks Equilibrium Young Artists‘ first world premiere, featuring …

Best of 2019 lists!

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LA Times “Best Classical Music Stories of 2019” “There is one soprano, however, who can do it all. This summer’s music director of the Ojai Music Festival, Barbara Hannigan, conducted and trained the singers in a production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” which opened a festival in which she wore her many hats. She sang and conducted a range of music from …

Lessons in Love and Violence nominated for a Grammy Award!

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George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Opera Recording. The world premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence took place at the Royal Opera House in May 2018.  The production brought together baritone Stéphane Degout as King, soprano Barbara Hannigan as Queen Isabel, Gyula Orendt as Gaveston …

“Die Grenzgängerin” – Feature article in Max Joseph about The Snow Queen

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In Max Joseph, the Bayerische Staatsoper magazine, a feature article with Barbara Hannigan about the upcoming world premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen: the possibilities and risks during the artistic process, physical demands on stage, and the enjoyment of being vulnerable. Die Grenzgängerin Der künstlerische Prozess birgt ene Fülle von Möglichkeiten – und viel Risiko. Hier erzählt die The …

Now online: documentary Taking Risks featuring Barbara Hannigan and Equilibrium

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The four-part documentary film Taking Risks focuses on Barbara Hannigan and her mentoring initiative, Equilibrium Young Artists. Taking Risks follows the selection process of young and talented singers that will be a part of Equilibrium and cast in Stravinksy’s The Rake’s Progress; shows EQ artists behind the scenes; and culminates with The Rake’s Progress performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, marking ...

Feature article in The New York Times

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“The Unsingable Music That Stumped a Diva” John Zorn’s song cycle “Jumalattaret” pushed the new-music master Barbara Hannigan to her limit. written by Joshua Barone of The New York Times Barbara will give the New York premiere of “Jumalattaret” on October15 at the Park Avenue Armory. “Most of my work involves pushing the envelope of technical mastery,” Mr. Zorn said. …

Hamlet wins Gramophone Classical Music Award (Contemporary category)

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Brett Dean’s Hamlet from its Glyndebourne premiere production won a Gramophone Classical Music Award in this year’s Contemporary category (sponsored by PPL & PRS for Music). The DVD was released on the Opus Arte label. Soloists on the recording include Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), Barbara Hannigan (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Kim Begley (Polonius), John Tomlinson (Ghost/Grave-Digger/Player-King) and Jacques …