The Project

After doing The Rake’s arias in Amsterdam in 2014 it seemed very tempting to dream about a full version of Rake’s. Barbara had meanwhile been invited by the Ojai Festival in California as music director for it’s 2019 edition. Also she founded the Equilibrium Young Artists Programme, which focuses on young musicians who are finished with their training and in the first substantial phase of their professional career, with special attention to singers. A semi staged production of The Rake’s Progress was created in 2019 In collaboration of Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and LUDWIG with Barbara as conductor/music director, soloists from the Equilibrium Programme and Linus Fellbom as stage director.

The Rake’s Progress toured Europe and was part of the Ojai Festival and Aldeburgh Festival in 2019. In both festivals, various other programmes were performed by LUDWIG, a.o. Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Stravinsky Pulcinella, Grisey Quatre Chants, Gershwin Girl Crazy Suite, Haydn symphony 49, Waltons Façade.

Equilibrium Young Artists
Barbara Hannigan conductor
Linus Fellbom director / lighting designer

The Rake’s Progress


The cheeky Dutch orchestra LUDWIG

June 7, 2019, Ojai Music Festival, Libbey Bowl
LA Times - Mark Swed

Barbara Hannigan’s interpretation had the assurance of a seasoned expert and the LUDWIG orchestra responded in kind.

September 2019 – Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG in The Rake’s Progress
Opera Magazine

And again Hannigan and LUDWIG are magnificent – The most beautiful and moving Rake’s Progress I ever heard

May 23, 2019, Amsterdam Concertgebouw – Barbara Hannigan and LUDWIG in The Rake’s Progress
Het Parool - Erik Voermans


June 20, 2019
Snape Maltings - UK

Aldeburgh Festival

June 6, 2019
Libbey Bowl - Ojai USA

Ojai Festival – California

May 29, 2019
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

The Rake’s Progress

May 27, 2019
Kultuurpalast, Dresden

The Rake’s Progress

May 25, 2019
Konzerthaus, Dortmund

The Rake’s Progress

May 23, 2019
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress

May 20, 2019
Philharmonie, Paris

The Rake’s Progress

March 26, 2019
De Munt, Brussels

The Rake’s Progress

March 25, 2019
De Munt, Brussels

The Rake’s Progress