Blaser, who sang with the Canadian Opera Company and many other Canadian opera and music presenters in the 1970s, had taught voice at the University of Toronto, her alma mater, since 1990 (she also had a BA in Psychology from York University).
In her youth the soprano sang with Ruby Mercer’s Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus (now the Canadian Children’s Opera Company) and, in adulthood, returned to work for many years with children as the voice coach at the Ontario Youth Choir. She was also in demand as a festival adjudicator and clinician.
Blaser was, in her prime, a popular symphonic and oratorio soloist.
Baritone Peter McGillivray, a former student of Blaser’s, posted this amazing tribute on Facebook today, where he has created an In Memoriam page (you’ll find it here):
This Saturday, the vocal community in Toronto lost one its beloved members, the soprano and vocal pedagogue, Lynn Blaser. Lynn succumbed to Leukaemia on Saturday.
She spent a very short time in palliative care after being admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital in late June. She had been diagnosed last year and they thought they had it licked until it reared its ugly head again this spring. I am told she was not in pain and was surrounded by family and dear friends including her dear husband of over 25 years, John. What follows is an unabashedly personal memorial. How can anything to do with the workings of the human voice not be so?
She was an academic, who encouraged her students to actually study and not wait around to be spoonfed all the answers. I think I responded to this well because, like me, she had started her own studies in another field achieving a B.A. in Psychology from York University.
Thank you very much for the kind and generous gift of your new CD which arrived today. I look forward to listening to it. It’s a lovely selection of songs. I am very touched I am also delighted to read that you will be making it to the Met even sooner than I had ever anticipated. That’s marvellous and I know it will be a success. Best wishes to you and Jen and to your parents.