13 Facts About Barbara Hannigan


Barbara Hannigan was born on 8 May 1971 and is a Canadian soprano and conductor, known for her performances of contemporary opera.


Barbara Hannigan studied music at the University of Toronto, where her teachers included Mary Morrison.


Barbara Hannigan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1993 and a Master of Music degree in 1998.


Barbara Hannigan continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, and the Centre d'arts Orford.


Barbara Hannigan studied for one year at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.


Barbara Hannigan has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz on productions of Toshio Hosokawa's Matsukaze and Pascal Dusapin's Passion.


Barbara Hannigan received critical acclaim for her performance in Alban Berg's Lulu, which included dancing en pointe.


In 2014, Barbara Hannigan sang the role of Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera Die Soldaten at the Bavarian State Opera, a production that was streamed live on the internet.


In 2016, Barbara Hannigan was made a Member of the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours.


Barbara Hannigan was a recipient of the Rolf Schock Prize 2018 in the Musical Arts.


Barbara Hannigan's repertoire covers an impressive field, with great interest in new music.


Barbara Hannigan is featured on four Naxos recordings of vocal works of George Frideric Handel, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Gideon, Rinaldo, and Tobit.


Barbara Hannigan was previously married to Dutch theatre director Gijs de Lange.