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Barbara Hannigan

Soprano Barbara Hannigan divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras. She enjoys close relationships with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic orchestras, Gothenburg and Toronto Symphony orchestras, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Dutch collective Ludwig, with whom she recorded her first cd as conductor. She has worked with conductors including Rattle, Nagano, Salonen, Nelsons, Nézet-Séguin, Petrenko, Zinman, Jurowski, and Pappano. She has given over 80 world premieres.

Operatic highlights include the title-role in Pelléas et Mélisande at the 2016 Aix-en-Provence Festival; Written on Skin at London’s Royal Opera House; Lulu at La Monnaie; Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Bavarian State Opera, for which she won the Faust Award in Germany. She made her Opéra de Paris debut last season with Poulenc’s La voix humaine. This season she sings the world premieres of works by Gerald Barry and Brett Dean, as well as new productions of Berg’s Lulu in Hamburg and Pelléas et Mélisande for Germany’s Ruhrtriennale. This season she also conducts the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Danish National and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic and the orchestra of the Munich Staatsoper.

Her vocal recordings have garnered awards from Gramophone, Edison, America’s Grammy Awards, Victoires de la Musique and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Other awards include Singer of the Year (Opernwelt, 2013) and Musical Personality of the Year (Syndicat de la Presse Française, 2012).

Recently appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, Barbara Hannigan has been the subject of documentaries by Swiss and Dutch directors, as well as Mathieu Amalric’s short film, C’est presque au bout du monde.