In a new series we’re running over here at Opera Canada, Artist’s Picks, we’re asking our favourite Canadian opera artists: what else are you into? In our call for artist-driven recommendations, award-winning Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan offers up her Artist’s Picks for film, television, books, & more:
“Mathieu Amalric’s latest film Serre moi fort, which opened as an Official Selection for Cannes.”
“I don’t watch TV, but I did watch The Queen’s Gambit a few months ago!”
“Nigel Hill’s biography of Olivier Messiaen. Timely, because pianist Bertrand Chamayou and I just recorded the first half of our Messiaen CD.”
“A Mic on the Podium on Apple Podcasts, hosted by fellow conductor Michael Seal interviewing other conductors. It’s a fantastic series he started over a year ago. ”
“Another podcast (I love radio!), which is In Our Time. Every week moderator Melvyn Bragg and 3 guests tackle a different topic or person — from philosophy to mathematicians, writers to historical leaders. It is absolutely fascinating.”
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