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SOPRANO BARBARA HANNIGAN IS HAVING A BUSY summer season performing contemporary works, which she has made her specialty. She stars in a solo opera, One, by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, as part of the Holland Festival in June. Hannigan previously appeared in this work in Warsaw, Krakow, Oslo, Budapest and Helsinki, as part of an 11-country tour. She was also the soloist in Here Trilogy, a 50-minute piece by van der Aa in three parts for soprano, chamber orchestra and soundtrack (June 6). Other engagements include Dutilleux's Correspondences and Berg's Der Wein, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival (June 24), Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre at the Oporto Festival in Portugal (July 8) and An Index of Metals, a solo opera by Fausto Romitelli in Stuttgart (July 15-20). After this run of contemporary pieces, Hannigan will have a change of pace as Yum Yum in the Nationale Reisopera's production of The Mikado, with performances throughout Holland (Nov.-Dec.).

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