I am searching for musicians with a sense of individual drive, who have great passion and curiosity, and of course, the voice and technique to go with it.

Please, look at my work and aesthetic, and deeply consider if what I have to offer or inspire as an artist is appropriate for your goals and dreams. I do not want any of us to waste our time. This is not a general casting call for a gig.

Equilibrium is for singers who:

  • have a specific interest in Barbara Hannigan’s approach to music-making
  • have a sense of individual passion, discipline and drive
  • want to connect with other professionals in a very real working experience
  • are naturally curious, hard-working, open-minded and flexible
  • have a high-level of musicianship
  • already have professional solo experience.

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.

Read the article

“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.

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


As part of EQ’s first season, semi-staged performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress are planned with three European orchestras: Gothenburg Symphony in December 2018, Munich Philharmonic in May 2019, and several performances with the LUDWIG Orchestra, including performances in March 2019 at La Monnaie as part of Belgium’s Klara Festival, and a five city European tour in May 2019.
Barbara Hannigan will conduct all of the performances and lighting designer and director Linus Fellbom will direct and light, for the various concert halls.

Equilibrium Projects


Last spring Equilibrium held general auditions for projects in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The casting for the The Rake’s Progress is complete.
A new round of auditions will eventually take place for upcoming Equilibrium projects.

Audition Requirements

Audition Cities

STOCKHOLM – 25 March 2017
ZURICH – 3 April 2017
PARIS – 14 and 15 April 2017
LONDON – 22 and 23 June 2017


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