Barbara Hannigan pursues a career both as a singer and a conductor. Particularly fascinated by the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she has collaborated with numerous composers, including Pierre Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, György Ligeti, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Gerald Barry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin, and Hans Abrahamsen. She sang the role of Agnes in the world premiere performance of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Aix Festival in 2012. Her extensive opera repertoire ranges from the baroque to latter-day contemporary.
She recently sang the title role in the Krzysztof Warlikowski production of Lulu at La Monnaie in Brussels and then again in a new production of the same work by Christoph Marthaler in Hamburg. Her other roles include Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper with Kirill Petrenko conducting, and Mélisande, first in Katie Mitchell's production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the 2016 Aix Festival and then in the Krzysztof Warlikowski production at the 2017 Ruhrtriennale. She also appeared in the world premiere production of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in Los Angeles. In 2017, she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Ophelia). She also recorded Crazy Girl Crazy (Alpha Classics), her first album as a singer and a conductor.
During the 2017-2018 season, she performed in the world premiere production of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. She also appeared in the film Music is Music under the direction of Mathieu Amalric. She has worked with the choreographer Sasha Waltz on Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Pascal Dusapin’s Passion. Barbara Hannigan has sung under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, David Zinman, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert, and Reinbert De Leeuw. As a conductor herself, she recently led the Danish National Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Ludwig Orchestra, with whom she just completed a European tour. She is also invited regularly by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, she was named “Star Artist” at the Lucerne Festival where the Accentus Music documentary I’m a creative animal was presented.
Debut at the Paris Opera