Reviews: The Snow Queen at the Bayerische Staatsoper


Reviews of The Snow Queen, an opera written by Hans Abrahamsen

Bayerische Staatsoper
Cornelius Meister, conductor; Andreas Kriegenburg, stage director
Bayerisches Staatsorchester | Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

21, 26, 28, 30 December 2019
04, 06 January 2020

Opera Magazine UK

March 2020

“As agile of voice as of movement, with the sinuosity of a dancer and with singing that grew in poignancy with the progressive maturity of the character, Hannigan was one asset of a performance with the high musical standards one expects at the National Theater.”

El Pais

22 December 2019

“The Canadian, also raised in the snow of Canada and with an admiration bordering on the devotion to Abrahamsen’s music, composes a musically perfect Gerda. She is a born perfectionist, her fledgling career as an orchestra conductor has sharpened her musical excellence as a singer even more and has been doing what Andreas Kriegenburg asks for with her well-known dedication and involvement, even though she may not be entirely convinced.”

BR Klassik

22 December 2019

“Barbara Hannigan sings and plays passionately and confidently, from rhythmic Sprechgesang to highest tones, she shows what she can do, although one would have expected wilder things from Abrahamsen, having written the part of Gerda for her.”

05 January 2020

“Barbara Hannigan gave us a staggering performance as Gerda.”


22 December 2019

“Barbara Hannigan, the star of the evening”

Deutschland Funkkultur

22 December 2019

“Top-class singing”
“Barbara Hannigan in the role of Gerda once again proves her enormous acting potential paired with top-class singing, as does Rachael Wilson as Kay and the differentiated singing choir of the Bavarian State Opera.”

photo: Wilfried Hösl/Bayerische Staatsoper

The Snow Queen was live streamed on December 28th and is available on STAATSOPER.TV until January 29, 2020.
Watch the recording here