North American conducting debut


On October 7th & 8th soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan makes her long-awaited North American conducting debut on the stage of Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier this year the TSO made history with Ms. Hannigan by presenting the North American premiere of George Benjamin’s devastating opera “Written On Skin” in the role of Agnes, a role for which she has received major critical acclaim.

Nono: Djamila Boupacha
Haydn: Symphony No. 49 “La Passione”
Ligeti: Concert Românesc
Mozart: Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara, K. 528
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Wednesday 07 October at 8 PM
Roy Thomson Hall

Thursday 08 October at 8 PM
Roy Thomson Hall


The Globe and Mail
Robert Harris, 05 October 2015
“Whether you’re a singer or a conductor, your body is your instrument. And however I perform, I’m not thinking about intervals or harmonic progressions, the technical side of things. I’m thinking about emotional connection, about passion.”

>> READ the article


The remarkable North American conducting debut of Barbara Hannigan
Audiophilia, Robert Harris, 05 October 2015
“The exquisite phrasing she delivers travels directly from her heart to vocal cords and to her hands. As such, the Haydn was magnificent. Rarely have I seen such expressive hands on a conductor.”
“The power and technique Hannigan demanded from her musicians was very exciting. This 1951 ‘Romanian Concerto’ should be on more concert programs. The audience loved it.”
“Barbara Hannigan is Canada’s musical gift to the world. She is our most complete musician and attending her North American conducting debut with Canada’s finest orchestra was an honour.”

>> READ the review


THis-is-my-music-Barbara_1001085118883_16x9_1024x576On October 2nd Barbara hosted CBC’s music This in My Music.
The broadcast is still online, but only available for Canadian audiences.

>> LISTEN to the broadcast