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Lubana Al-Quntar


Lubana Al-Quntar is generally considered the premier opera singer of the Arab world. Her rare voice ability enabled her to sing a wide repertoire ranging from traditional Arabic, folk, traditional to pop. Operatically, Ms. Al-Quntar is a dramatic coloratura.

Born in Damascus, Lubana was the first Arab to win the 4th prize at the 1997 International Singing competition in Belgrade, and the 5th prize at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth singing competition in Brussels. Ms. Al-Quntar had completed her academic studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Kennith Wollom, and Damascus conservatory of Music with Professor Galina Khaldieva. She obtained her degree in operatic performance from Maastricht Academy of Music in Holland under the tutelage of Mystra Mya Besselik. Ms. Al-Quntar has appeared globally as an opera soloist, and as a traditional Arabic singer astonishing audiences with her ability to alternate between the two different genre. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille (Paris), opera theater La Monnaie (Brussels), Flemish Opera (Antwerp), orchestre philharmonique de Liege (Belgium), Flemish Radio Orchestra Musica Viva (Bremen), the world's first Arabic opera, Opera Avincenna (Doha) and Silk Road Festival (Tokyo). Ms. Al-Quntar was invited by the University of California to perform with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with the Glyndeborne opera performing the Queen Of The Night. Ms. Al-Quntar was invited by Arab Alliance of Women in Music AAWM in Amman "Under the auspice of Her Highness, Princess Muna Al-Hussein”. She was chosen to represent Syria in “Woman is Singing” Festival in Damascus, and represented Syria in Arab Creative Women Forum (Tunisia). She sang “The queen of the night” at Tuscia Opera Festival (Italy), and a frequent participant to the prestigious Arab singing festival (Carthage).

At the Opera House of Cairo, Ms. Al-Quntar performed at the closing event of the Arab singing Festival. Other appearances include: Opera Fallujah, The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) with the Oud player Ramy Adly, the Shakespeare theater in a new production “Salomè”, Royal National Theater (London) for Salomè directed by Yael Farber. Also, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium and with the Syrian expat philharmonic orchestra SEPO at Klara festival at Bazar Concert Hall honoring the memory of the terrorist attack in Brussels.

Celebrating the life and work of the Syrian poet Nizar Al-Qabbani, Ms. Al-Quntar performed at the ceremony at the Syrian cultural Garden, Cleveland.
Ms. Al-Quntar was the head of the Opera Department at the Damascus conservatory (2003-2011) where she taught Opera and Arabic singing. She is the founder of the Arabic Singing Band.

Currently residing in the Washington DC area, Lubana Al-Quntar has dedicated her voice and effort to raise awareness for the Syrian culture and helping world refugees through fundraising concerts.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/12/2018: Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum

Syria to Egypt: A Musical Continuum is a journey on land and through time of the formative years of Arabic music. The program will feature the five most important classical composers of the region, presented in a chronological order.

Presented in collaboration with Multiflora Productions’s Flash of the Spirit music festival.

Lubana Al-Quntar