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California's innovative and eclectic Ojai Music Festival, which puts itself in the hands of a different curator/music director every year, has announced that soprano/ conductor Barbara Hannigan will steward the event in 2019.

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California's innovative and eclectic Ojai Music Festival, which puts itself in the hands of a different curator/music director every year, has announced that soprano/ conductor Barbara Hannigan will steward the event in 2019. Hannigan is the first Canadian artist to be invited to spearhead a festival that has been running since the late 1940s and counts Igor Stravinsky, John Adams, Aaron Copeland and Pierre Boulez on its roster of distinguished music directors.

Hannigan also figures prominently in inaugural plans for the newly forged, five-year collaboration between Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Beijing Music Festival. In 2017, Aix will help celebrate the Beijing festival's 20th anniversary by remounting there its 2012 premiere production of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, in which Hannigan created the role of Agnes. In 2018, Aix returns to Beijing with the production of Claude Debussy's Pelleas et Melisaunde in which Hannigan makes her role debut as the enigmatic young girl this summer at Aix.

The new Aix-BMF relationship gets underway this year with more Canadian creative content, with director Robert Carsen's Aix production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, first staged in 1991 but remounted at Aix last summer, schdeduled for Beijing's Poly Theatre next October. Set and costume designs for the much-travelled production are by Toronto-based Michael Levine. The new agreement also calls for the co-commissioning of two new operas, one to be written by a Chinese composer and premiered at Aix in 2019 or 2020 under the baton of BMF Artistic Director Long Yu.

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Title Annotation:Artists On Stage
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Date:Mar 22, 2016
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