Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Anoush 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 currently completing 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 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. She recently directed the Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha Children’s Choir for their annual concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada.
This spring, Ms. Isnar performed the role of La Marchesa in Piccinni’s La Cecchina in the Glenn Gould School Spring Opera, where she successfully “met the challenge of having to sing three arias, including a vengeance aria with some impossible coloratura,” (Musical Toronto, Joseph So). She also made her debut with Opera in Concert performing the role of Emma in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina.
As a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company for 10 years, Lynn has starred in lead roles such as Carmen in Carmen with a Twist and Mrs. Cratchit in A Dicken’s of a Christmas. She has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Young Artist Performance Academy, the SongFest Art Song program in Los Angeles, the International Vocal Arts Institute Summer program in Montreal, and the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre in Toronto. Through these programs she has studied and worked with Joan Dornamann, Mignon Dunn, David Rosenmeyer, Rainer Armbrust, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett and Hemdi Kfir, some of the top musicians in the world.
Ms. Isnar has performed in numerous events circling from genres including Armenian folk, musical theatre, tango and Spanish, classical and opera. Her singing is described as “suitably dramatic with a nice combination of power and accuracy,” (Opera Ramblings, John Gilks). In the summer of 2016, she performed the role of Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. This summer she will join the SOLT again performing the role of Suzanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.