Barbara Hannigan

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Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. Her artistic colleagues include directors and conductors such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, John Zorn, Andreas Kriegenburg, Andris Nelsons, Reinbert de Leeuw, David Zinman, Antonio Pappano, Katie Mitchell, Kirill Petrenko, and Krszysztof Warlikowski.

As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time, and has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations. Hannigan has collaborated extensively with composers including Boulez, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Sciarrino, Barry, Dusapin, Dean, Benjamin and Abrahamsen.

Hannigan opened the 2018/19 season by singing the title role in the world premiere of Jarrell’s Bérénice at Paris Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan and directed by Claus Guth. Hannigan continues her season with singing one of her heart’s most beloved pieces: let me tell you by Hans Abrahamsen – the work she premiered with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2013 and which she has now performed with 11 orchestras worldwide — this coming season with four more European orchestras. She will be conducting Orchestre Phiharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, LUDWIG, Juilliard Orchestra, Danish Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker and also London Symphony Orchestra, with programmes including repertoire by Haydn, Sibelius, Strauss, Berg, Bartók and Gershwin. This season also sees the launch of her groundbreaking mentorship scheme, ​‘Equilibrium Young Artists’. With over twenty performances with four partner orchestras, Equilibrium’s first season will also see Hannigan conduct her first opera, The Rake’s Progress. Barbara Hannigan will also be Music Director of the prestigious Ojai Festival in California in summer 2019. In 2019/20, Hannigan begins her tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden.


As of February 2019