Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Rafael Payare and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

Each of Barbara Hannigan’s performances is a moment of staggering intensity, heightened by this soprano’s charisma and deep sensitivity. A specialist of the contemporary repertoire, she will introduce us to In the half-light by Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri, a work she premiered in 2022. Rafael Payare will also conduct Bruckner’s luminous “Romantic” Symphony, whose impassioned surges reach their apex in a sublime coda.

Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Embodying music with an unparalleled dramatic sensibility, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. The Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time and has given the world première performances of over 90 new creations. Hannigan has collaborated extensively with composers including Boulez, Zorn, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Sciarrino, Barry, Dusapin, Dean, Benjamin and Abrahamsen.

The past few seasons have brought the premiere of a new production of Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine, in which she both sings and conducts, interacting with live video. This new production and concept was created by Hannigan in collaboration with video artist Denis Guéguin and premiered with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. The acclaimed performance has toured to various orchestras and halls including Copenhagen, Gothenburg, London, Rotterdam, Spoleto, Ludwigsburg, Winterthur, Wroclaw and Munich. Recent world premieres include Golfam Khayam’s I am not a tale to be told with Iceland Symphony Orchestra, John Zorn’s Split the Lark for soprano and piano with Stephen Gosling and Star Catcher for soprano, piano, upright bass and drums with Gosling, Jorge Roeder and Ches Smith, Zosha di Castri’s In the Half Light with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a new project with Katia et Marielle Labeque inspired by the life and music of Hildegard von Bingen. 2023/24 includes further world premieres by John Zorn, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Jan Sandström,

Barbara’s commitment to the younger generation of musicians led her to create the mentoring initiatives Equilibrium Young Artists (2017), and Momentum: our Future Now (2020), both initiatives offering both guidance and performing opportunities to young professional artists. She was recently named the Reinbert de Leeuw Professor of Music at the RAM. Her awards and honours include the Dresdener Musikfestspiele Glashütte Award (2020), Denmark’s Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2021), Canada’s De Hueck and Walford Career Achievement Award (2023), the Order of Canada (2016), Germany’s Faust Award (2015), Sweden’s Rolf Schock Prize for Musical Arts (2018) and the 2021 Stena Foundation’s Cultural Scholarship, Officier des Arts et des Lettres in France (2022), and Gramophone Magazine’s 2022 Artist of the Year.

Zosha DI CASTRI, In the half-light (text by Tash Aw, 28 min.)
BRUCKNER, Symphony no. 4 in E-flat major, WAB 104, “Romantic” (70 min.)

Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm: a concert talk will take place before the concert. All ticket holders are welcome! (duration: 30 minutes)
Guest: Marie-Hélène Benoit-Otis, musicologist
Host: Catherine Perrin

Maison symphonique
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:30pm

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