“Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach have both been named principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony, the National Orchestra of Sweden, as of the 2019-2020 season for a period of three years,” reports Susan Elliott in Tuesday’s (4/10) MusicalAmerica.com (subscription required). “They succeed Kent Nagano, in the job since 2013-14. Hannigan has been the orchestra’s artist-in-residence since 2015-16; she first performed with it as soprano/conductor in 2013 and has since returned several times, including for the Swedish premieres of Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you and Unsuk Chin’s Le Silence des Sirènes…. In December 2018 she’ll lead a concert staging of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the orchestra, cast with singers from her mentoring program Equilibrium…. The project is being filmed for the documentary Barbara Hannigan—Taking Risks, which has been following her preparation for the project, including auditions and casting. This will mark her first opera as a conductor, a profession she began to pursue in 2011.” Hannigan continues her career as an opera soprano.
Posted April 11, 2018