Barbara Hannigan - Taking Risks

The singer and conductor debuts as an opera conductor

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Natalie Dessay — Soprano
Daniel Harding — Conductor
Reinbert de Leeuw — Conductor
Cast of The Rake's Progress
Aphrodite Patoulidou — Soprano
William Morgan — Tenor
Ziad Nehme — Tenor
Kate Howden — Mezzo-soprano
Erik Rosenius — Bass
John Taylor Ward — Bass-baritone
Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan — Conductor

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The indefatigable Barbara Hannigan (b. 1971) always finds a way to juggle her parallel careers as superstar soprano and dynamo conductor. This documentary grants us an up-close look at her rigorous process as she auditions, selects, and coaches the soloists in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, her first experience conducting a full-length opera. A consummate artist unafraid to take risks, Hannigan meets every challenge with strength and intelligence.

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Directed by:
Maria Stodtmeier
Production date: 2019
Duration: 58 min
Production: © Accentus Music in co-production with Gothenburg Symphony and 3sat in cooperation with SVT, NRK, SRF
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR, De
Resolution: Full HD