The Edmonton Chamber Music Society


Isabel Bayrakdarian


Isabel Bayrakdarian
photo: Dario Acosta

Serouj Kradjian

Serouj Kradjian – Piano

Friday, October 25, 2013
8 PM


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A prize-winning performance at the 2000 Operalia competition introduced the world to Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian . In the years since she has continued to delight an enthusiastic and ever-growing audience. Internationally acclaimed as an opera star, recitalist and recording artist, she moves with ease from Gluck and Mozart to Poulenc and Janáček.

Her wide-ranging musical projects include performances with Broadway’s Patti LuPone, in the premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Sheer’s one-act opera To Hell and Back; soundtrack recordings for the films Ararat and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; and a widely toured program of traditional Armenian music developed with her husband, pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian .

Their shared taste for musical exploration is reflected in two recent CDs – their Juno award-winning collection of songs by the 19th century singer and composer Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Tango Notturno, a chronology of the tango in its many and varied expressions. Included in the concert program are some of the rediscovered vocal treasures they have so successfully introduced in these recordings and in recitals throughout North America.

Die drei Zigeuner Franz Liszt
Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270, No. 1:  Pace non trovo, Sonnet No. 134
Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S. 270 No. 3:  I vidi in terra angelici costumi, Sonnet No. 156
Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia
Ophelia’s Song
Women have loved before
Not in a silver casket
Jake Heggie
(1961 - )
La mort d’Ophelie, H. 92a Opus 18 No. 2 Hector Berlioz
Chanson Perpetuelle Ernest Chausson
Armenian Folk Songs
Ah, Dear Maral
Call to the Sea
Apricot Tree
Gomidas Vartaped
Cinco Canciones Negras
Cuba dentro de un piano
Punto de habanera
Cancion de cuna para dormer a un negrito
Canto negro
Xavier Montsalvatge
El Dia que me quieras Carlos Gardel
Che tango che Astor Piazzolla
Beautiful Dream (Tchknagh Yeraz) Arno Babadjanian
“She’s a soprano prized for the flexible color of her voice as well as for the dramatic urgency she brings to operatic roles.” –Boston Globe

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