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Isabel Bayrakdarian

  • Soprano

Biography

In the 2008-2009 season Isabel Bayrakdarian tours with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anne Manson performing the works of Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed.


She will perform this program with San Francisco Performances, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Vancouver Symphony, at Roy Thomson Hall, with the Celebrity Series of Boston, and in a return to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
Operatic engagements include debuts at the Teatro del Liceu in the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea and with Opéra Français de New York performing the title role of Kurt Weill’s Marie Galante, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Ms. Bayrakdarian also appears in recital with her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian, in Duluth, Minnesota, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Calgary, Alberta.


Born in Lebanon of proud Armenian heritage and now a citizen of Canada, Ms. Bayrakdarian moved with her family to Toronto as a teenager.


Her earliest singing experience was at church, which remains – along with her family – the central focus of her life. She holds an honors degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto.