Coloratura soprano Laura Hynes has earned a reputation at home and abroad as a charismatic stage presence who sails through high-flying classical repertoire.
With a 21st-century approach to vocal music, Hynes is committed to innovative recital programming and the creation of new works that form a ligament between classical concert and theatre. Her 2012 project, Raise Your Voice, launched a successful and continually evolving body of work addressing social justice issues through staged recitals. She is the principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded research-creation collaboration on transgender voice transition called The Key of T, performed in 2019. An assistant professor and head of voice at the University of Calgary, she is also currently enrolled in the Balance Arts Center‘s Alexander Technique teacher training program in New York City and looks forward to bringing this hands-on practice to her work with students.
Hynes has 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, under the baton of William Christie. Among other venues, she has sung roles and concerts at the Opéra de Marseille, Opéra de Montpellier, le Corum (Montpellier), Cincinnati Opera, the Châtelet, Opéra Garnier, Opéra Comique, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre National de Toulouse, Théatre Mogador (Paris), Scène Nationale du Havre, Archives Nationales (Paris), Les Invalides (Paris), and the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Paris, including being the sole featured performer for the U.S. President’s visit.
In conjunction with the Calgary Philharmonic, Hynes performed for Renée Fleming’s lecture, “Music and the Mind” in partnership with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan” for Grammy award-winning composer John Corigliano, with the Land’s End Ensemble at the National Music Centre. Upcoming projects include a concert and recording of Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” (Oct 2020), the premiere of Gertrude Stein Shenanigans (March 2021), written for her by Canadian composer William Jordan, and organizing Calgary’s annual participation in the Mysterious Barricades live-broadcast concert in support of suicide prevention, awareness and hope every September.
Recordings include contemporary music with the Land’s End Ensemble (Canada) and the Ensemble 2e2m (France); Mozart, Haydn and Schubert songs with Jory Vinikour at the pianoforte; several DVD recordings with master improviser Jean-François Zygel; live broadcasts on French radio and television; and the documentary films Baroque Académie and Key of T (upcoming screening in the 2020 Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival).
Hynes’s opera credits include the roles of Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Baby Doe, Frasquita (Carmen), Lulu Baines (Elmer Gantry), Alcina, Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Jina zinka (Rusalka), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), and Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), among others.