Much sought after in contemporary music, Barbara Hannigan has given over 80 world premieres and has worked with composers including Ligeti, Knussen, Boulez, Dutilleux, Stockhausen, Benjamin, Abrahamsen, Andriessen and Dusapin. Upcoming world premieres include works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Magnus Lindberg, Gerald Barry, Unsuk Chin and Brett Dean.
In recent seasons she made extraordinary impressions as Berg's Lulu at La Monnaie, in Benjamin’s Written on Skin (Agnes) and in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (Marie) at Bayerische Staatsoper. She has also sung the title role in Stravinsky's Le Rossignol, Gepopo/Venus in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Anne Truelove (The Rake's Progress) and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo. She will make her role debuts as Donna Anna, Melisande and La Voix Humaine in coming seasons.
Concert repertoire in the 14/15 season includes the premiere of Les Silences de Sirenes by Unsuk Chin, Wozzeck Fragments by Berg, Dutilleux’s Correspondances, Hans Abrahamsen's Let me tell you, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lonely Child by Vivier and Written on Skin.
Barbara Hannigan made her conducting debut in 2010 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with Stravinsky’s Renard, and has since conducted orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Prague Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Her repertoire has included works by Rossini, Haydn, Schoenberg, Mozart, Stravinsky, Britten and Ligeti. In 2015 she will embark on a tour of nine performances in the UK with the Britten Sinfonia as both conductor and singer.
Her recording of Dutilleux's Correspondances won the Gramophone Award for best contemporary recording of 2013 and she was recently named Singer of the Year by Opernwelt and Musical Personality of the Year by the Syndicate of the French Press.