The Kennedy Center

Lubana Al-Quntar


Lubana Al Quntar was born in Damascus, Syria to a family of traditional singers. A descendant of famous Syrian singer, 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 the First Arab Opera Singer from Syria, 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 prive 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.

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. For the latest on Lubana’s upcoming shows, check out her website and follow MAP on Twitter at @mediaartspeace

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble: Two Millennia of Musical Kinship

Dramatic, ethereal, and resilient, Damascus-born Lubana Al Quntar is a world-renowned coloratura soprano. She returns to the Kennedy Center alongside popular oud player, Ramy Adly, double bassist, John Murchison, percussionist, Nezih Antakli, and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas and a six-person choir to celebrate and honor the tradition of Syriac and Aramaic music in a contemporary light.

Presented in collaboration with Media and Arts for Peace (MAP).

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.