Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Taking Risks
An insider’s look at Barbara Hannigan’s first opera production as a conductor is now available on double DVD.
ACC20420 front cover © Accentus Music
Barbara Hannigan © Carmen Belaschk
The Rake's Progress © Marco Feklistoff
Barbara Hannigan’s intimate journey towards her debut as an opera conductor in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” has been captured on film and will be released on DVD by Accentus Music. “Taking Risks” will be presented in a double disc release alongside the performance of “The Rake’s Progress”, which took place in Gothenburg in December 2018 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
The world premiere production was a “labor of love” for Hannigan, who has sung the role of Anne Truelove countless times. The soloists all took part in the inaugural year of Hannigan’s mentoring initiative, “Equilibrium Young Artists”, and were personally hand-picked by Hannigan from over 350 applications across 39 countries, with auditions across Europe.
In “Taking Risks”, the documentary that accompanies the recording of Barbara Hannigan’s opera conducting debut “The Rake’s Progress”, the audience are given an exclusive and rare insight into the process of auditions, casting, rehearsals and more. Accentus Music accompanied Hannigan every step of the way towards the premiere of “The Rake’s Progress”, an opera which can only be described as an exceptional, momentous work.
In this unique and refined semi-staged production, director Linus Fellbom invites the audience to partake on a journey through space and time, from a distant future to the present, and back to 18th century London.
ACC20420 (double DVD)
"Taking Risks" was supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.
Production Company Accentus Music
Co-Production Company ZDF, Göteborgs Symfoniker
Assoc. Prod. Company 3sat, SVT
English title of music work The Rake's Progress
Composer Igor Stravinsky
Conductor Barbara Hannigan
Orchestra / Band Göteborgs Symfoniker
TV Director Michael Beyer
Stage Director Linus Fellbom
Director Maria Stodtmeier
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