Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Anoush Isnar is a Toronto based artist known for her "suitably dramatic [voice] with a nice combination of power and accuracy," (Opera Ramblings, John Gilks).
Ms. Isnar had a whirlwind 2016-2017 season. She performed the role of Cleopatra from Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, the role of La Marchesa from Piccinni’s La Cecchina where she successfully "met the challenge of having to sing three arias, including a vengeance aria with some impossible coloratura," (Musical Toronto, Joseph So), made her debut with Opera in Concert performing Emma in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, and Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. She also performed for the Armenian Ambassador of Canada, his Excellency Armen Yeganian, at the Yusuf Karsh monument unveiling in Ottawa, in the Canadian Armenian Association for the Performing Arts’ grand concert, and her solo Artist Diploma recital at the Glenn Gould School.
In the 2017-2018 season, she will make her debut with the Toronto Operetta Theatre performing Nanine in Lavallee’s The Widow, perform a solo concert at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral of Montreal, sing Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and make her Toronto City Opera debut singing Papagena in Mozart’s Magic Flute. She will also sing in concert at the St. Vartan Armenian Church of Mississauga to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, at the Distillery Christmas Market in Toronto and for her graduating solo recital at the Glenn Gould School themed “La Passión” filled with spicy Spanish music.
Ms. Isnar is in her final year of the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School, where she studies with Jean MacPhail and Jennifer Tung. She also studies with Mignon Dunn from the Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Isnar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Faculty of Music and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, both from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Through her private and group teaching, she blends instruction with student autonomy, focusing on change, variety and individual experimentation, all in an exciting, educational and engaging manner. She maintains a full private studio of children and adults, recently directed the Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha Children's Choir for their annual concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada, and in the 2017-2018 season, will be adjudicating for the Unionville Music Academy Competition.
As an Armenian musician, Ms. Isnar is a passionate performer of Armenian classical and folk music. She loves incorporating this music in her solo recitals and concerts as well as singing at the local Armenian churches of Toronto.