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Lubana Al-Quntar


Lubana Al Quntar granted the title of the First opera singer in Syria , and named as the first arabic opera and named as the first arabic opera singer to attend opera voice competitions . Her rare voice ability enabled her to sing deferent and wide repertoire between arabic classical songs, folk , traditional, pop and classical opera as a dramatic coloratora. Born in Damascus, Lubana was the first Arab to win the 4the prize at the 1997 International Singing competition In Belgrade, and the 5th prize at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth singing competition in Brussels. Lubana had completed her academic studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Kennith Wollom, and Damascus High institute of Music with Professor Galina Khaldieva, as well as Maastricht Academy of Holland where she studed and granted a degree in Opera singing performance & Music Groups and Associations with Mystra MYA BESSELIK. Lubana has appeared worldwide as a soloist, in Opera and traditional Arabic singing when she always astonished the audience of her ability to variate between the two deferent techniques and improvisation .Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Opera theater La Monnaie , Brussels ; Flamish Opera, Antwerp ; Orchestre philharmonique de liege, Belgium; Flamish Radio Orchestra ; Musica Viva ; Bremen Germany , the world's First arabic Opera "Opera Avincenna" Doha, Qatar; and invited to present her Country in the " Silk Road Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Lubana was invited by the University of California to perform with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra Glyndeborne touring opera performing the Queen Of The Night Lubana was invited by Arab Alliance of women in Music AAWM in Amman "under the auspice of Her Highness, Princess Muna Al-Hussein . Lubana was Chosen to Represent Syria in Woman is Singing Festival in Damascus, and was invited to represent Syria in Arab Creative Women Forum; Tunisia . lubana was invited to sing the Queen Of The night at TUSCIA OPERA FESTIVAL IN ITALY,And she was invited several time to the prestigious ..Arab singing festival "Cartage" Tunisia , and "Al Madina" Festival Tunisia , as well as the Opera House of Cairo when she preformed at the closing event of the arab singing Festival. Opera Fallujah At the Kennedy Center USA . Preparing for the upcoming concerts at the Kennedy Center with the Oud player Ramy Adly, on the 28the of August 2015. And performing at Shakespeare theater in a new production ( Salomè) Starting in September the first. Celebrating the life and work of a great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani Lubana has been invited to sing at the ceremony at the Syrian cultural Garden in Cleveland. Lubana held a position as the Head of the Opera Department at the High Institute of Music in Damascus ( 2003-2011). Where she taught Opera and Arabic singing techniques. She also was the founder of the Arabic Singing Band consisting of a group of her students and graduates. Currently residing in the Washington DC area dedicating her voice and effort to rise awarness about the syrian cultur ,and helping the refugees around the world through fundraising concerts around the USA.Invited to KLARA FISTIVAL in Brussel to be part of SALAM SYRIA the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra meets the Belgian National Orchestra lubana is preparing for her next engagemment at the ROYAL NATIONAL THEATER,LONDON for salome directed by YAEL FARBER.

Upcoming Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana

Lubana sings Syriac hymns in the Aramaic-Syrian dialect, which was used as a lingua franca in the near east from the sixth century BC.

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.