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.