Coloratura soprano Laura Hynes has earned a reputation at home and abroad as a charismatic stage presence who sails through high-flying classical repertoire and challenging new chamber works. With an appetite for art song at the intersection of theatre, she relishes the art of embodiment and fine-tuned collaboration.
Her Raise Your Voice project launched a successful and continually evolving body of work addressing social justice issues through staged recitals. She is also a project co-lead in a SSHRC-funded research-creation collaboration with Dr. Ari Agha on transgender voice transition called The Key of T. An associate professor and Performance Chair at the University of Calgary, Hynes 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 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.
Hynes performed for Renée Fleming’s lecture, “Music and the Mind” in partnership with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Also in conjunction with the Calgary Philharmonic, she performed John Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan” at the National Music Centre for the Grammy award-winning composer himself, with the Land’s End Ensemble and conductor Karl Hirzer. Upcoming projects include a recording of “Mr. Tambourine Man” on the Analekta label (2022), and the premiere of Gertrude Stein Shenanigans (2022), written for her by Canadian composer William Jordan.
Recordings include Omar Daniel’s Zwei Lieder nach Rilke on Centre Discs (2020) with the Land’s End Ensemble, which was recently nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award; songs of Paul Méfano with 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.
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.