Mentoring for young professional artists

Founded by soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan, Equilibrium focuses on singers who are finished with their training and in the first substantial phase of their professional career. Equilibrium aims to help young artists in their professional development, elevating their total musicianship and discipline, offering projects with leading orchestras and ensembles.

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Equilibrium’s first project will be three semi-staged performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Gothenburg Symphony in December 2018, conducted by Barbara Hannigan.
Further performances of the production are planned elsewhere, in spring and summer 2019.
For the Gothenburg production we are looking for Europe-based singers when possible.
This is the first of a major series of projects. The repertoire will be mainly orchestral and chamber music.

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Equilibrium will be holding general auditions in 2017 for concert and opera performances in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Barbara will be hearing artists for The Rake’s Progress in partnership with Gothenburg Symphony, as well as for future engagements.

Audition Requirements

Audition Cities

STOCKHOLM – 25 March 2017
if necessary, 26 March 2017
ZURICH – 3 April 2017
PARIS – between 11-14 April 2017

“Our value as creative artists is not measured only by our own performances,
but by what we can inspire in others.”

“Our value as creative artists is not measured only by our own performances,
but by what we can inspire in others.”

In Barbara’s words


Barbara Hannigan gave the keynote speech, titled “Equilibrium” on the opening night of the Lucerne Festival 2016.

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“Barbara Hannigan talks about how to create a masterpiece and her journey from soprano to maestro”

Neil Fisher, The Times
January 2017

In this portrait article, Barbara speaks to The Times and The Sunday Times about recent world premieres, her soprano-to-maestro move, and a new “elite squad”, a foundation for young singers.

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“A Soprano Finds a New Voice: Conducting”

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
August 2016

In this feature article, Barbara discusses her path from soprano to conductor and her inspirations for leading roles she performs.

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