Isabel BayrakdarianRavel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour & the Nightingale
Category:Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral
Isabel Bayrakdarian is an eagerly anticipated visitor to opera houses and concert halls the world over, who revels in an artistic scope ranging from operas old, new, and in-between to sacred, art, and folk songs of many lands, languages, and genres. On the opera stage, her roles range from Gluck’s Euridice to Debussy’s Mélisande to Poulenc’s Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites and Janá?ek’s Vixen. She’s appeared regularly at Canadian Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, Covent Garden and in Houston, Barcelona, Salzburg, and Los Angeles. She has appeared in concert with the World’s premier orchestras under an imposing array of today’s leading conductors. Her recitals are widely applauded for their eclectic repertoire and unfailing communicative grasp of language and style. Ms. Bayrakdarian’s JUNO and Grammy Award-winning discography includes projects as diverse as baroque arias about Cleopatra, 19th-century songs of Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Mozart arias and duets; Spanish, Brazilian and Argentine songs; works of the Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed; Tangos; Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; the soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Ararat; and a dance remix with the trance band Delerium.