Now out on DVD: The Rake’s Progress and Taking Risks

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An insider’s look at Barbara Hannigan’s first opera production as a conductor Barbara Hannigan’s intimate journey towards her debut as an opera conductor in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress has been captured on film and will be released on DVD by Accentus Music. Taking Risks will be presented in a double disc release, alongside the performance of The Rake’s Progress, which …

Reviews: La Passione

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Le Monde “L’agilité extraordinaire de la chanteuse et le soin qu’elle porte à la moindre note apparentent cette page à une sanctification de la douleur.” // “The singer’s extraordinary agility and the care she takes over the slightest note makes the page resemble a sanctification of pain” The Times (5 out of 5 stars) “Barbara Hannigan is a total wonder, …

Taking Risks featured at Le FIFA film festival

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Taking Risks will be featured this month at Le FIFA, Canada’s Festival International du Film sur l’Art. The documentary was tapped for the FIFA Official Selection – Feature Film category and will be shown twice, on March 21st and March 29th. The screenings mark the North American premiere of Taking Risks, which was directed by Maria Stodtmeier and released last …

Video trailer for La Passione album

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For Barbara’s third album for Alpha Classics, she is reunited with LUDWIG Orchestra, singing and conducting music by Luigi Nono, Franz Joseph Haydn and Gérard Grisey. Central to the album is Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey (1946-98), a piece that is particularly close to her heart. Grisey wrote: “I conceived the Quatre Chants pour franchir le …

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 …

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 …

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 …