Reviews & Awards

“The first standout, among many, in the Kentucky Opera’s opening night production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” came when Lyne Fortin as Lady Macbeth was awaiting her husband’s return home after hearing prophecy from a group of witches that he will be king. In the couple’s bedroom, Lady Macbeth conspired and relished the opportunity for her and her husband to attain power over Scotland. She climbed into the bed on her knees and writhed as she sang in a rich soprano. She caressed a knife and stood before a full-length mirror. Not only was her excitement infectious, so was her voice with its strong and rich haunting power. Fortin’s performance — all the way through her character’s spiral into insanity and her last moment on stage singing a sorrowful and eerie high note — created a powerful center for this production.”

Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal, Sep. 19, 2015

“The stunning and deadly Lady Macbeth was played with voracity and vivaciousness by Lyne Fortin. This is a role meant for a dynamic and dramatic soprano, who isn’t afraid of letting her dark side out. As this is not Ms. Fortin’s first Lady Macbeth, I can only imagine what she can be when it is her 100th time as she truly envelops the diabolic, loving, and emasculating Lady. Her Or tutti, sorgete reveals a dark and ominous insight into just how far she will go to get what she wants, while on the other end of the spectrum, her haunting Una macchia è qui tuttora! makes one almost feel empathy for the blood thirsty Queen.”

Annette Skaggs, Arts-Louisville, Sep. 19, 2015

“So powerful is soprano Lyne Fortin’s bloodthirsty Lady Macbeth, that you feel almost sorry for him. He is the first to unhinge after the murder of King Duncan and from then on it’s a swift downward spiral to tyranny and brutishness. Fortin does a wonderful job of delivering difficult arias that range widely in tone and style. She is downright scary in conjuring the powers of Hell to back up her plans, charming in the drinking song during the banquet scene. One of my favorite moments in that extended scene is her reprise of the toast after she has watched her husband very publicly cracking up. She fairly spits out the lyrics at him through her pasted-on smile. When we finally see madness overtaking her at the end, Fortin captures the pathetic crumble beautifully in the aria, “Una macchia è qui tuttora! – And yet, here’s a spot!” After so many horrible deeds, she still manages to wring sympathy from the audience.”

Selene Frye,, Sep. 19, 2015

Lyne’s approach is very physical. She’s the ideal performer.

(Critics spoke of this performance using terms like “brilliant” and “inspired,” referring to the quality of her singing as flawless.)

Robert Lepage, speaking of her role in Erwartung

Lyne Fortin picked up the score for “Les adieux d’un sex-symbol” [Starmania]…and as she read through it…I was so impressed, so deeply moved…

Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist

This is a woman at the peak of her faculties. Technically, she is unstoppable. Vocally, she is sensational. As an actress, she is fabulous.

Georges Nicholson, Je l'ai vu à la radio program

From the moment she steps on stage she captivates us.

Jacques Hétu, composer

The laurels go to Lyne Fortin…dramatically and vocally superb.

Jacques Hétu, composer