Critical acclaim in Copenhagen


At the end of September, Barbara led Copenhagen’s DR Symfoniorkestret in a soprano/conductor programme of music by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn and Stravinsky.


Fierce soprano conducted herself and created something very special in the concert hall
“The audience stood up and shouted in delight at the end as Barbara Hannigan finished an unusual, ambitious and fascinating Thursday Concert.”
“Barbara Hannigan is not just another soprano. With her on the podium the door opened to a mythological Sibelius – and the the intensity of a cool Stravinsky. … This evening had a special, strong and good energy that separated it from all other Thursday concerts.”
* * * * * (5 out of 6 stars)
Politiken, 24 September 2016

“Occasions with Barbara Hannigan are like no other. The Canadian multi-musician is known as a ‘singer who can also conduct’. But she is something much bigger and broader and in a sense more important. … She can do away with classical music as a gentlemen’s club and change the traditional conventions of female conductors.
“The whole concert is very original, everything refreshing and delightfully different. This week’s Thursday concert will be one of the ones you will always remember.”
* * * * * (5 out of 6 stars)
Berlingske, 24 September 2016

“Singing conductor makes sparks fly with orchestra”
“An angel’s gentleness and vital power in one. With her flowing hair and athletic arms, Barbara Hannigan impressed in her double role as conductor and soprano”
“Thanks to both orchestra and conductor, it was an inspiring, magical night.”
* * * * * (5 out of 6 stars)
Jyllands-Posten, 25 September 2016

photo credit: Maud Lervik / Politiken