Described as "a force of nature" (Toronto Star) and "an actress of immense talent" (Opera Canada), mezzo-soprano Lynne McMurtry enjoys a busy and diverse performing career. She has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, Opera Ontario, Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera, and at many of the major festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Banff, and Aldeburgh. Conductors with whom she has performed include Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, James Meena, Howard Dyck, Kevin Mallon, Wayne Strongman, Robert Cooper, 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, Olga in Evgeny Onegin, and Mme. de Croissy in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. Recent performances include Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Edmonton Opera, and the title role in Tamerlano with Opera in Concert. Her performance of Roberto in Vivaldi's La Griselda with Aradia Ensemble was released on Naxos last season.
Lynne's rich, generous instrument and keen musical intelligence have brought her acclaim in a wealth of opera and orchestral concert repertoire. Credits include Janáček'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 Das Lied von der Erde with the Eastman Faculty Players.
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 on the faculty 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. She is a frequent performer of contemporary music and has many premieres to her credit, including works by Augusta Read Thomas, the Canadian premiere of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen, and the North American premiere of Judith Weir's The Voice of Desire. Her highly acclaimed and multi-faceted performance in Tapestry New Opera Works' 2004 "Opera to Go" was broadcast on CBC Radio.
As a teacher/performer, Lynne has worked with students at the Vancouver International Song Institute, Dickinson College, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at SUNY Fredonia. Please visit her website at www.lynnemcmurtry.com.