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BARBARA HANNIGAN

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Barbara Hannigan

Period

1971 - current

Genre

classical, contemporary classical music, opera, sopraan

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Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is a soprano who specializes in contemporary music. She is accustomed to performing music by such composers as György Ligeti, Louis Andriessen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michel van der Aa and Henri Dutilleux; and she has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Simon Rattle, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ingo ...
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Instruments

sopraan

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2008   Bart Visman

Biography Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is a soprano who specializes in contemporary music. She is accustomed to performing music by such composers as György Ligeti, Louis Andriessen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michel van der Aa and Henri Dutilleux; and she has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Simon Rattle, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ingo Metzmacher and Thomas Adès. Hannigan is known for her apparent ease with which she handles challenging technical feats. As music critic Erik Voermans wrote: “Coloratura soprano Barbara Hannigan is the muse of many composers; for her, technical limitations seem not to exist.” (Parool, 2007)

1971 - 1989

Barbara Hannigan is born in Canada. She grows up in Waverly, near Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. At 17, she moves to Toronto, where she begins her studies with Mary Morrison and discovers contemporary music (and becomes particularly inspired by the composer Claude Vivier). “Many of my teachers were composers,” Hannigan said. “There was no escaping it. And so at the age of 18 I suddenly knew what I wanted to do with my life: sing contemporary music and premiere new pieces.” (Parool, 2007)

1990

At age 19, Hannigan gets her first concert opportunity, in Toronto.

1993

She completes her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto.

1995

Hannigan studies for a year in The Hague with Meinard Kraak and shifts her field of activity to the Netherlands.

1998

Hannigan completes her master's degree at the University of Toronto. She specializes in 20th-century opera and song at the Banff Centre for the Arts. After, she attends the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she has lessons with Malcolm Singer (a student of Nadia Boulanger and György Ligeti).

1999

She performs in the premiere of Louis Andriessen's 'Writing to Vermeer' with De Nederlandse Opera.

2003

In January, Hannigan works with Michel van der Aa in his opera 'One', in which she sings duets with video recordings of herself. She goes on a well-received international tour with the production of 'One'. In August, she makes her BBC Proms debut in György Ligeti's 'Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures' with the London Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Eötvös. She also sings in Henri Dutilleux's 'Correspondances' in a performance with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw.

2005

Hannigan sings the role of Juana la Loca in Rob Zuidam's 'Rage d'Amours' at the Holland Festival.

2006

She sings in Ligeti's 'Mysteries of the Macabre', 'Aventures' and 'Nouvelles Aventures' in New York. 'Mysteries of the Macabre' plays a central role in her repertoire: “It broke open my voice and personality in the best way. It was so unbelievably difficult to sing that during the inspiring process of learning it, I developed ease in registers I never would have thought possible.” (Opera Canada, 2009) She performs the piece many times.

Discography Barbara Hannigan

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