Barbara Hannigan

opening concert


Rossini, Mozart, Ligeti, Shostakovich

An innovative and captivating performer, Barbara Hannigan will sing, conduct, and act at her Strings of Autumn debut

There are few artists whose every performance can be called an occasion, but Barbara Hannigan is one of them. Hannigan brings exceptional technique and electrifying stage presence to a repertoire that takes in baroque, classical, modern, and contemporary pieces. Her concerts frequently see her acting, conducting, and singing (sometimes all at once), feature cutting-edge costumes, and put compositions from disparate eras side by side in thrilling combinations. Hannigan is a sensual, visionary force to be reckoned with. As Time Out London observed, ‘there are singers who push themselves to the limit, and then there is Barbara Hannigan.’

Hannigan has received particular acclaim for her performances of Ligeti’s music, not least from the composer himself. Mysteries of the Macabre, a tour de force for soprano and orchestra which Hannigan will be performing at Strings of Autumn, has become a signature work. She has performed it at Lincoln Center New York, Vienna Konzerthaus, the Chatelet, and elsewhere across three continents.

Hannigan’s Strings concert will be her first-ever ‘sing and direct’ performance in Prague. She will conduct all the pieces except the Shostakovich.


“Hannigan has an ability to create colours of exceptional poetic beauty.”
Financial Times

“Her voice had the arresting quality of being icy and hot at the same time”

“I can’t think of another soprano who can deliver Schoenberg, Berg and Alma Mahler songs with as much accuracy, agility, insight, drama and sexual allure as Barbara Hannigan.”



Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868): Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791):
Vado, ma dove? – oh Dei!, KV 583
Un moto di gioia mi sento, KV 579
Misera, dove son! … Ah! non son io che parlo, KV 369
György Ligeti (1923–2006): Romanian Concerto


Luigi Nono (1924–1990): Djamila Boupachá for solo voice, from the triptych Canti di vita e d’amore (Songs of Life and Love)
Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975): Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11
György Ligeti (1923–2006): Mysteries of the Macabre (arrangement by Elgar Howarth of the 3 arias from Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre)


  • Partner of the concert

  • Special thanks


23. 9. 2013, 19:30
State Opera

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