Barbara Hannigan (born 1971) is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world’s leading performers of contemporary opera.
Hannigan’s initial musical education came from the music teachers in her hometown of Waverley, Nova Scotia in Halifax
After growing up in Waverley, Hannigan moved to Toronto at the age of 17. She studied music at the University of Toronto, where her teachers included Mary Morrison. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1993 and a Master of Music degree in 1998.She continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, and the Centre d’arts Orford. She also studied for one year at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where her teachers included Meinard Kraak. Other teachers have included Neil Semer.
Hannigan is married to the Dutch theatre director Gijs de Lange.The two of them worked together on stage in a production of The Mikado in 2006.
Her commercial recordings in contemporary music include the premiere recording of Henri Dutilleux’s Correspondances (Deutsche Grammophon) and Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer (Nonesuch), music of Luca Francesconi (Kairos) and of Harry Freedman (Centrediscs). She is also featured on four Naxos recordings of vocal works of George Frideric Handel, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Gideon, Rinaldo, and Tobit.
- Henri Dutilleux: Correspondances for soprano and orchestra, conducted Esa-Pekka Salonen, Deutsche Grammophon 2012 – world premiere recording with ending rewritten by the composer for Hannigan, Gramophone Award Contemporary, 2013
In 2014 two DVD’s were released: Alban Berg’s Lulu (Bel Air Classiques) and George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. Written on Skin received the Gramophone Award 2014 in the category “Contemporary”.
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- Trochimczyk, Maja, “Writing to Vermeer: A View of a ‘Filmic’ Opera” (Chapter 12), from The Music of Louis Andriessen (Maja Trochimczyk, editor). Routledge (Taylor & Francis, New York City), p. 259 (ISBN 0-8153-3789-2).
- Tom Service (2005-09-16). “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Coliseum, London)”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
- Andrew Clements (2012-04-27). “The Importance of Being Earnest – review (Barbican, London)”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- Andrew Clements (2012-07-08). “Written on Skin – review (Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence)”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- Barbara Hannigan. “Creative Moves” (PDF). Opera Canada.
- Loomis, George (2012-10-23). “One ‘Lulu’ Has Little New to Say, While Another Can Do No Wrong”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
- Die Soldaten, performance details, Bavarian State Opera
- James R. Oestreich (2014-08-19). “Barbara Hannigan Sings and Conducts at the Lucerne Festival”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
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- Peter van der Lint (2006-12-08). “The Mikado blijkt na twee jaar nog steeds sprankelend”. Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-10-09.
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