Barbara Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor who specializes in avant-garde opera and vocal music. She was raised in Waverly, Nova Scotia, where she began her training, and she studied at the University of Toronto, receiving her bachelor's degree in 1993 and her master's degree in 1998. Hannigan also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her teachers included Meinard Kraak and Neil Semer. Hannigan has premiered many contemporary works, including pieces by Henri Dutilleux, Gerald Barry, Friedrich Cerha, Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Michel van der Aa, Kris Defoort, and George Benjamin, among others. She has sung and conducted performances of György Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, and is especially noted for her performances as the title character in Alban Berg's Lulu and as Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten. She has appeared as a vocalist and conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Hannigan is a member of the Order of Canada. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Accentus, Bel Air Classiques, Channel Classics, Winter & Winter, and other labels.

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