Lubana Al Quntar
Opera singer, dramatic coloratura soprano
Origin | Syria
Currently located | United States
Languages | English, Arabic
Key themes | Interfaith and cross-cultural links, cultural heritage preservation
Lubana Al Quntar was born in Damascus, Syria to a family of traditional singers. A descendant of famous Syrian singer, Asmahan (Amal Al Atrash), and renowned composer and singer, Farid Al Atrash, Lubana grew up with an ear and a voice for music. She trained in classical international conservatories under the supervision of world-renowned opera singers such as Galina Khaldieva, Kenneth Woollam, and Maestra Mya Besselink. She has taken master classes with world-famous opera singers, namely Maestro Daniel Barenboim, Maestro Ricardo Mutti, and Sara Beaker. As a coloratura soprano, Lubana’s rare and dramatic voice breathes life into the wide repertoire she sings in folk, traditional Syriac and Aramaic languages, pop, and classical opera. Lubana's ability to variate between Arabic and Western techniques as a soloist in opera is second to none.
In 1995, Lubana won the prestigious title of Syria's First Opera Singer, receiving international fame and recognition. In 1996, she won the first audience prize and fourth overall prize in a Belgrade International Singing Competition. In 2000, she was awarded fifth prize at the The Queen Elizabeth Singing Competition, Brussels, Belgium. Since 1996, she has toured internationally in over 10 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America having performed over 270 times on international stages.
Between 2006 and 2012, she served at the Syrian National Conservatory as the Voice Chair for the Department of Opera Singing. While in that capacity, she founded and launched the Department of Classical Arabic Singing allowing students to study both Western and Arabic forms together for the very first time. Represented by MAP talent agency, Lubana continues to share her craft to promote and preserve ancient Syrian cultural heritage.
2000 The Queen Elizabeth Singing Competition, Fifth Prize, Brussels, Belgium
1996 International Singing Competition, First Audience Prize, Belgrade, Serbia
1995 Awarded prestigious title of the First Arab Opera Singer from Syria
This is a selection of songs that Lubana is able to perform on-demand: