Lynne McMurtry

Lynne McMurtry, Contralto

Pacific Opera Victoria
Emilia in Otello

October, 2015

In 2013, Lynne McMurtry performed the role of Bloody Mary in South Pacific in Concert with Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony. She returns in 2015 as Emilia in Verdi's Otello.

Hailed as a force of nature (Toronto Star) and an actress of immense talent (Opera Canada), contralto Lynne McMurtry is an exciting and vibrant presence on the concert and operatic stage. Her career spans the breadth of classical music genres, from opera and oratorio through art song and new music. She has sung with the Boston Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, and Manitoba Opera, among others, and at many of the major festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Banff, and Aldeburgh. Conductors with whom she has performed include Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, William Eddins, Kevin Mallon, Wayne Strongman, Ivars Taurins, and Lorraine Vaillancourt.

On the operatic stage, Lynne's vocal and theatrical versatility has won her excellent reviews in such diverse roles as Arsace in Rossini's Semiramide, Mme. de Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. Recent performances include Mistress Quickly with Calgary Opera and Opera Hamilton, the title role in Tamerlano with Opera in Concert, and the Old Lady in Candide with Calgary Opera, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Calgary Opera and Opera Lyra.

Lynne's rich, generous instrument and keen musical intelligence have brought her acclaim in a wealth of opera and orchestral concert repertoire. Credits include Janácek's Glagolitic Mass with the Edmonton Symphony, Handel's Messiah with both the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Chorus, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Kingston Symphony, Elijah with the Newfoundland Symphony, Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the Winnipeg Symphony, and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Symphony New Brunswick. In 2014 she joined Glenn Cortese and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra for Mahlerís Das Lied von der Erde, and the Rochester Gay Menís Chorus for the Brahms Alto Rhapsody.

Lynne is also an active recitalist and has sung at many distinguished song venues, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, and the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She is a Founding Faculty Artist of the Vancouver International Song Institute, an annual multi-disciplinary program devoted to all aspects of the art song, and has collaborated there on numerous recitals with pianists such as Alison d'Amato and Margo Garrett. Her recital exploring song settings of Walt Whitman earned her a rave review in the Toronto Star, which stated, Art doesnít get any more moving that this. She is a frequent performer of contemporary music and has many premières to her credit, including works by Augusta Read Thomas, the Canadian première of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen, and the North American premiere of Judith Weir's The Voice of Desire.

Lynne grew up in Vernon, B.C., and attended the University of British Columbia, the Eastman School of Music, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she was a winner of the Opera Trust Scholarship. Lynne lives in Fredonia, NY, where she teaches at the State University of New York College at Fredonia.


AUDIO: Hear Lynne McMurtry perform selections by Vivaldi, Brahms, and others.

McMurtry is a force of nature ... This young artist has pipes of steel, an assured technique and great stage presence, which bode a great future.
Toronto Star

Lynne McMurtry is another Canadian voice to discover. Her low registers are expressive and furious, giving her presence and personality.
Forum Opera

McMurtry ... possess a big dramatic voice and many shades of nuance. She is also an actress of immense talent.
Opera Canada


October 2015