Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan studied at the University of Toronto with Mary Morrison, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with Meinard Kraak. Other studies took place at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, the Centre d’arts Orford. Barbara Hannigan has received much acclaim for her performances of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, a tour de force for soprano and orchestra which she has sung at Lincoln Center in New York, the Berlin Philharmonie, Los Angeles Walt Disney Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and across Europe and North America. She has also performed the other major vocal works of Ligeti, making her BBC Proms debut in 2003 with Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures and the London Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Eötvös, with further performances at Lincoln Center in New York, and Ligeti’s Requiem with the Bamberger Symphoniker conducted by Jonathan Nott at the Salzburg Festival, and with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Peter Eotvos, with further performances this season in Munich and next season in Paris. Additionally, Dutilleux’s Correspondances for soprano and orchestra has become a major work in her repertoire, which she has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, Oslo Phiharmonic conducted by Jukka Pekka Saraste, the CBSO conducted by Sakari Oramo at the 2005 BBC Proms, the Helsinki Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur, the Toronto Symphony conducted by Peter Oundjian and at the Palais Garnier with the Paris Opera Orchestra and Oliver Knussen. Her operatic roles include Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice, Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, the title role in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Larinda in Hasse’s Larinda e Vanesio as well as the title roles in Hasse’s La Contadina and La Fantesca, Arethuze in Charpentier’s Acteon, Armida in Händel’s Rinaldo and Dalinda in Händel’s Ariodante. Barbara Hannigan sang the world premieres of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion at the Aix en Provence Festival, Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer (Saskia) with the Netherlands Opera, Jan van de Putte’s Wet Snow (Liza) with Holland’s National Reisopera, Michel van der Aa’s solo opera One for soprano, film and electronics, and Gabrielle in the world première of Gerald Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at English National Opera. Gerald Barry also composed La plus forte for her voice – a full setting for soprano and orchestra of Strindberg’s play, which had its concertante premiere in Paris 2006 with performances this season in London, Toronto and Amsterdam. She made her debut at La Monnaie with Gepopo and Venus in the new La Fura dels Baus production of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, and will return to La Monnaie for the new opera of Toshio Hosokawa directed by Sasha Waltz. In 2007, she made her debut at Venice’s La Fenice with the world premiere of Luca Mosca’s opera Signor Goldoni (Despina). She has worked with conductors including Reinbert de Leeuw, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle, Thomas Ades, Kurt Masur, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Ingo Metzmacher, Peter Oundjian, Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Nott, Peter Rundel, Michael Gielen and Peter Eötvös, has been on tour for several years with Maurizio Pollini’s Progetto Pollini, singing the works of Luigi Nono (most recently at La Scala), and has had the privilege of working with composers including György Ligeti, Louis Andriessen, Gerald Barry, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Oliver Knussen and Henri Dutilleux. Upcoming engagements include Mysteries of the Macabre and the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic, a return to Aix en Provence for the new opera of George Benjamin directed by Luc Bondy, her debuts at Covent Garden, Barcelona's Liceu, and a European tour of Boulez' Pli selon pli with Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Pierre Boulez. Besides her activities in concert and opera, Hannigan presents lied recitals with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw.