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The final take: music Barbara Hannigan can't live without.

With more than 70 world premieres under her belt, soprano Barbara Hannigan is a devoted champion of new music. After studying in Toronto with Mary Morrison, she made her major European debut with Netherlands Opera in the 1999 world premiere of Louis Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer. Among other world premieres, she counts Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at English National Opera, Luca Mosca's Signor Goldoni at La Fenice, Michel van der Aa's One, which she has toured through 11 countries, and Pascal Dusapin's Passion at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (and in a new production at Paris's Theatre du Champs Elysees to open the 2010/11 season). After singing in La Fura dels Baus's celebrated production of Ligeti's Le grand macabre at Brussel's La Monnaie in May 2009, she returned to the work in New York this May in a new staging with the New York Philharmonic. In September, she sings the title role of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Boulez. Looking ahead, she sings the title role in Toshio Hosokawa's Matsukaze at La Monnaie in 2011, a new opera by George Benjamin at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 2012 and her first Lulu, also at La Monnaie, in 2012. Hannigan lives in Amsterdam with her husband, the theatre director and actor Gijs de Lange.

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Author:Hannigan, Barbara
Publication:Opera Canada
Article Type:Opera review
Date:Jun 22, 2010
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