Canadian conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan extends her contract as Principal Guest Conductor with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra until summer 2025. 
Barbara Hannigan brings her unique blend of total artistry to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, with whom a mutual admiration and friendship has developed since Hannigan gave her first concert with the orchestra in 2013 – as conductor and soloist in works by Mozart, Ligeti and Rossini. In the 2015-2016 season, Hannigan was the orchestra’s Artist in Residence and performed, amongst other works, Alban Berg’s Lulu Suite. In 2019, she was appointed Principal Guest Conductor and has since presented diverse works from Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht to Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite.

  • Barbara has a unique place in the world of music. She is a source of great inspiration for both audiences and orchestras, always exploring new ways of performing classical music. There seems to be no limits to her creativity and amazing artistry”, says Arna Einarsdóttir, head of planning at the Gothenburg Symphony. 

Barbara Hannigan comments: 

  • It has been a wonderful experience these past years to work with GSO  – the musicians, the administrative and artistic leadership teams, and the backstage crew, on all kinds of projects. We have so many interesting projects and are continuing to explore new possibilities. I am also excited to develop cross-disciplinary ideas which should reach new audiences…I would like our GSO concerts to inspire, challenge, and entertain our audiences, to give them pause for reflection, and to make them curious about what we will do next!”

On 28-29 September in Gothenburg’s Concert Hall, Barbara Hannigan and GSO will perform the solo opera La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc. The new production, in collaboration with video artist Denis Guéguin and video engineer Clemens Malinowski working three live cameras, sees Hannigan perform in the double role of singer and conductor in a new interpretation of Poulenc’s Elle.
The role adds to Barbara Hannigan’s other positions including Associate Artist of London Symphony Orchestra and Première Artiste Invitée of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.