Isabel Bayrakdarian & St. Lawrence String Quartet
Date/TimeSaturday, May 12 at 8:00pm
Isabel Bayrakdarian, Soprano
Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is an eagerly anticipated visitor to opera houses and concert halls the world over, celebrated for her strikingly multihued voice and immense interpretive talent. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions—the same year she graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with a Biomedical Engineering Degree—Ms. Bayrakdarian thereafter found her career taking rapid wing. An ever-active concertizer, she’s appeared with the world’s premier orchestras and conductors. Her versatility is also reflected in being the featured vocalist on the Grammy®-award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Two Towers from The Lord of The Rings trilogy. She sings on the BBC-produced short film HOLOCAUST – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz, as well as her Gemini-nominated film Long Journey Home, documenting her first visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia. Ms. Bayrakdarian holds an Honorary Doctorate from Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University, and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She serves on the Voice Faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Geoff Nuttall, Violin
Owen Dalby, Violin
Lesley Robertson, Viola
Christopher Costanza, Cello
Established in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet quickly earned acclaim at top international chamber music competitions and was soon playing hundreds of concerts per year worldwide. They established an ongoing residency at Spoleto Festival USA, made prize-winning recordings for EMI of music by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Golijov, earning two Grammy® nominations and a host of other prizes before being appointed ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University in 1998.
Songs by Leonard Bernstein (arranged by Serouj Kradjian), Ottorino Respighi’s Il Tramonto, plus troubadour songs and tangos!