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Isabel Bayrakdarian

Isabel Bayrakdarian

Isabel Bayrakdarian burst onto the international music scene after winning first prize in the 2000 Operalia Competition founded by Pl├ícido Domingo. She is admired as much for her stunning stage presence as for her exceptional musicality, and she has followed a career path completely her own. Highlights of recent operatic seasons include the role of Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice with the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Saito Kinen Festival and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, both times with conductor Seiji Ozawa, and the role of Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Sir Andrew Davis. Bayrakdarian has performed under the auspices of the world’s most prestigious concert series and orchestras, including Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, San Francisco Performances, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the Symphonies of Chicago, Minnesota, Montreal, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. In recital, she often performs with her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian. Her versatility is also reflected in being the featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, and on the soundtrack of Atom Egoyan’s Ararat; a trance music collaboration with electronica band Delerium, which garnered yet another Grammy nomination, the BBC-produced short film HOLOCAUST – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, which generated close to a million views on Youtube, and her Gemini nominated film Long Journey Home documenting her first visit to her homeland Armenia. Born in Lebanon of proud Armenian heritage, and now a citizen of Canada, Bayrakdarian moved with her family to Toronto as a teenager. She holds an honours degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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