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GMN Spotlight on Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
GMN Spotlight on Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano Following a series of succesful debuts last year, Armenian-Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian went on to win first prize at Plácido Domingo's Operalia 2000 competition in Los Angeles.

 Read Isabel Bayrakdarian's biography, visit her website: and listen to her performances at the Operalia 2000 Gala Concert with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra conducted by Giovanni Reggioli:

 Antonin Dvorák
Song to the moon (from Rusalka)

 George Frideric Handel
Piangerò, la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

 Leonard Bernstein
Tonight - Balcony Scene (from West Side Story) with Plácido Domingo

 Watch a filmed performance of Handel's opera 'Xerxes', in a production by Michael Hampe in Dresden, in which Isabel Bayrakdarian appears as Romilda. Read the opera's history and synopsis. Details of the production:

Michael Hampe - stage director
Christophe Rousset - conductor
Xerxes, King of Persia - Paula Rasmussen (mezzo-soprano)
Arsamenes, his brother - Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Amastris, a foreign princess - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)
Ariodates, Commander of the Army - Marcello Lippi (bass)
Romilda, his daughter - Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano)
Atlanta, her sister - Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Elviro, servant to Arsamenes - Matteo Peirone (baritone)
Ludwigshafener Theaterchor
Les Talens Lyriques
Production: Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Opéras de Montpellier, Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen.


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