Hannigan, in mourning, cancels Lulu

Hannigan, in mourning, cancels Lulu


norman lebrecht

January 12, 2020

The Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan has withdrawn from Hamburg’s upcoming run of Berg’s Lulu due to a personal beareavement.

She will be replaced in Christoph Marthaler’s production by Mojca Erdmann.

UPDATE: Ms Hannigan has posted: I am sad to announce that I have had to withdraw from the upcoming remount of our wonderful Lulu production at Hamburg Staatsoper. My mother passed away suddenly and recently, and it is necessary to now take the time to honour, reflect and recover during this moment of passage. I loved creating this incredible production with our team led by Christoph Marthaler and Kent Nagano, and will miss it dearly. But Lulu will understand. I wish my dear colleagues inspiring rehearsals and performance, and send all my best wishes to my replacement, Mojca Erdmann.


  • Silversled says:

    Joan Sutherland made her New York concert debut on the night of her mother’s funeral in London. A contract is a contract.

  • R.I.P. says:

    Ms. Hannigan says on her Facebook page that her mother passed away suddenly. Thoughts and Prayers to Barbara and her family during this difficult time.

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  • Trevor says:

    My condolences to Barbara and her family.
    Have travelled to Hamburg for the last 2 productions of Lulu, and its spellbinding.
    I’m sure Mojca will be an excellent replacement.

  • Bloom says:

    A very dedicated and earnest artist. So sorry for her loss.

  • Dorte Ipsen says:

    Shame on you, Silversled!
    My thoughts go to Barbara – take your time.

  • Alan says:

    How could any rational human being criticise an artist for withdrawing from Lulu due to bereavement? Do they not understand the total immersion needed to undertake a role such as this? Ms Hannigan “inhabits” Lulu. She couldn’t do it when her mind and emotions are elsewhere. Have a heart, Silversled!