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Barbara Hannigan

Soprano

Biography

Barbara Hannigan made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Agnès (Written on Skin), a role she created. She returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Isabel (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere).

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 Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and David Zinman. She has given more than eighty world premieres. Operatic highlights include Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) for Aix-en-Provence Festival and Ruhrtriennale, Lulu for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Hamburg State Opera, Marie (Die Soldaten) for Bavarian State Opera, for which she won the Faust Award, and Elle (La Voix humaine) for Paris Opéra. Further roles include Alice (Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, world premiere) and Ophelia (Dean’s Hamlet, world premiere).

Her vocal recordings have garnered awards from Gramophone, Edison, Grammy, Victoires de la Musique and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Further awards include Singer of the Year (Opernwelt, 2013) and Musical Personality of the Year (Syndicat de la Presse Française, 2012). In 2016 she was appointed to the Order of Canada. She has been the subject of numerous documentaries and starred in Mathieu Amalric’s short film C’est presque au bout du monde.