A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to “classical cabaret” on French television and radio. Laura Hynes has performed opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. She was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013. She has also been awarded degrees from the Paris Conservatory (Cycle de Perfectionnement), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Miami University (B.M.).
Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
Coloratura soprano Laura Hynes has earned a reputation at home and abroad as a high-energy performer with a magnetic stage presence and a radiant voice. With her musical training rooted in piano and jazz song, the American soprano found her true calling in high-flying classical singing, where she sails effortlessly at the intersection of art and entertainment.
With a 21st-century approach to art song and opera, Hynes is committed to innovative recital programming, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the creation of new works. Her 2012 project, Raise Your Voice, launched a successful and continually evolving body of work addressing social justice issues through staged recitals.
Currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary in Canada, Hynes is dedicated to educating students of classical voice in a way that prepares them for an ever-shifting artistic landscape. She offers her students training with a solid foundation in bel canto technique, a process-oriented awareness of the body as instrument, and rigorous attention to the finest details of language and music. Her approach is at once flexible, intellectual, collaborative, and entrepreneurial.
After earning a master’s degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Hynes was a young artist with Cincinnati Opera and then moved to France on a Fulbright scholarship, where she completed the Cycle de Perfectionnement at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP).
Hynes made her highly acclaimed French début at the Opéra de Marseille in 2006 as Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites and returned there to sing Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera the following season. She sang roles with the Montpellier Opera (Pamina, Clorinda) and was one of ten young soloists chosen for William Christie’s celebrated baroque Jardin des Voix international tour, which performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Barbican in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as major venues in Lisbon, Seville, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Brussels.
Hynes was featured numerous times on French television and radio broadcasts with master improvisateur and music personality Jean-François Zygel, also performing with him at the Châtelet, Opéra Garnier, Salle Pleyel, and Théâtre National de Toulouse. Her musical versatility also led to her solo “classical cabaret” concerts regularly at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Paris, including being the sole featured performer for the U.S. President’s visit.
During her five years in France, Hynes recorded contemporary music with the Ensemble 2e2m; recorded a CD of Mozart, Haydn and Schubert songs with Jory Vinikour at the pianoforte; performed song recitals at the Théâtre Mogador (Paris), Archives Nationales (Paris), le Corum (Montpellier), and the Scène Nationale du Havre; and appeared in several DVD recordings, including the documentary film “Baroque Académie.”
In 2009, Hynes moved to Germany, where she continued performing recitals, classical cabaret, and oratorios, including the premiere of film composer Enjott Schneider’s Augustinus. She additionally coached undergraduate singers in art song, opera, and languages.
She moved back to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue doctoral studies as the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she was also a teaching assistant and frequent collaborator with the University Opera Theatre program as a performer, scenes director, chorus master, and stage manager. While in Minnesota, Hynes was a featured soloist with Vocal Essence under Philip Brunelle for their “Welcome Christmas” concert. She also performed the roles of Lulu Baines in Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s opera Elmer Gantry, Despina in Così fan tutte, and the title role in Alcina’s Island. In 2013, Hynes earned her doctorate, following the social justice recital project she created, directed, and performed in: Raise Your Voice.
After completing the prestigious NATS Internship hosted at the Ohio State University in 2014, Hynes was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Murray State University. Her performances that year included singing the soprano solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, works by Minnesota composers in Minneapolis’s Antonello Hall, and a collaborative recital of French music and poetry.
Other American engagements have included opera roles such as Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking) alongside Frederica von Stade, Blumenmädchen in Parsifal with Jesús López-Cobos conducting, Frasquita (Carmen), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Jina zinka (Rusalka), and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring).
Throughout her training, Hynes has won numerous competitions, including top prizes and Audience Favorite awards in the Meistersinger International Competition (Graz, Austria), the Opera Columbus Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera district competition. From the Académie de Villecroze to the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, she worked with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen in extended masterclasses, in addition to masterclasses with Rudolf Piernay, Nico Castel, Mignon Dunn, Brian Zeger, Paul Agnew, Jill Feldman, and Margreet Honig, among others.