Isabel Bayrakdarian has successfully combined an international operatic career with an exciting schedule that includes recitals, orchestral concerts, and film projects. Applauded in the opera houses of Salzburg, Paris, Chicago, Toronto, and elsewhere for her portrayals of such great Mozart roles as Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Magic Flute),Ms. Bayrakdarian is equally renowned for her work in some of the more remote corners of the repertory, like Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge—both at the Metropolitan Opera. She is also a first-rank Handelian, having portrayed such heroines as Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Romilda (Xerxes), and Emilia (Flavio) in Brussels, Paris, and Dresden. Isabel began her vocal studies while pursuing Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. In 1997, she graduated from engineering with an honours degree, and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since then, this Armenian-Canadian soprano has appeared on many of the world’s most prestigious stages with the premier operas, and the orchestras of New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Vienne, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. She had the privilege to work with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Colin Davis,
Sir Andrew Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Leonard Slatkin, James Levine, Anne Manson, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Oundjian and Richard Bradshaw. Ms. Bayrakdarian can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of the blockbuster movie The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, as well as on the multiple awardwinning Canadian movie Ararat. Bayrakdarian is the winner of four consecutive Juno Awards
for Best Classical Album (Vocal). Isabel Bayrakdarian recently joined the Voice Faculty of UCSB-Santa Barbara.