After reading James R. Oestreich's piece for The New York Times yesterday ("Her Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows"), we decided to take a closer look at Barbara Hannigan, a Canadian soprano whose name was previously unknown to us. Late to the party again as per usual with us in areas outside our narrow regular domains of interest, we now see it's a name with which we should have been familiar. Her technically disciplined, musically and dramatically expressive, full-blooded lyric instrument is a joy to listen to, and her singing being done occasionally from the conductor's podium instead of from a recital stage is no circus act; is in fact more natural-looking than an instrumentalist doing the very same sort of thing (i.e., acting as both soloist and conductor). Doubt our word? Here she is in a live performance of three Mozart arias with the Göteborgs Symfoniker. Several off-pitch notes notwithstanding, it's a fine performance all round and we herewith declare ourself in love with the multi-gifted Ms. Hannigan (who, in an embarrassment of riches, is also lovely to look at as you can plainly see).