Barbara Hannigan

LE GRAND MACABRE 2011The soprano Barbara Hannigan is an artist who combines thrilling passion with exceptional technique. Blessed with a voice at once pure and hot, she has arrived, through challenging and diverse repertory choices, at a point of complete control, intensity and versatility. She also possesses a vital stage presence, whether in opera or on the concert platform. Much sought after in contemporary music – she has given over 75 world premières – she is no less brilliant and devoted a performer of Baroque and Classical music. Bringing freshness to older music and authority to new, she is among the very few singers whose every performance is an occasion.

Born and brought up in Canada, she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Mary Morrison. As a student she quickly developed a zest for new music, and learned, she has said, from the composers with whom she worked. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Meinard Kraak, and privately with Neil Semer.

As a performer of Ligeti’s music she has received much acclaim, not least from the composer himself. Mysteries of the Macabre, a tour de force for soprano and orchestra, has become a signature work, which she has sung – and sometimes also conducted – at Lincoln Center, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Châtelet, Salzburg, Disney Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and elsewhere across three continents. She has also appeared widely in Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, and in the Ligeti Requiem. She made her debut at the Monnaie in 2009 as both Gepopo and Venus in the Fura dels Baus production of Le Grand Macabre, and sang Gepopo in the recent New York Philharmonic staged production, directed by Dougas Fitch.

Text from Barbara Hanningan’ website

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