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YEREVAN, APRIL 19, ARMENPRESS: Armenian president Robert Kocharian welcomed today a world-famous Canadian Armenian singer Isabel Bayrakdarian, described by critics as “the glamorous and glamorously gifted soprano.”

Isabel Bayrakdarian visits Armenia for the first time. She shared her impressions with the president saying she was delighted and promising to come again and again. She said she was enchanted with the rich cultural life of Armenia and the high professionalism of Armenian musicians. In Yerevan she will perform one concert.

First prize winner of the prestigious Placido Domingo “Operalia” Competition in 2000 and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, Canadian Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian made an impressive series of appearances in the 2002/2003 season, including debuts at the Paris Opera (Bastille) as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, as Catherine in A View from the Bridge at the Metropolitan Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival, Elisa in Il Re Pastore at Brussels’s Theatre de la Monnaie, and Clorinda in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at Los Angeles Opera. Her numerous concerts and recital appearances took her to New York, Berkeley, Costa Mesa, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Cyprus.

Miss Bayrakdarian can be heard on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack of the blockbuster movie The Two Towers, the second installment in The Lord of The Rings trilogy, as well as the multiple award-winning Canadian movie Ararat. When Miss Bayrakdarian’s debut recording “Joyous Light” was released in March 2002 on the CBC label, it went straight to No. 1 in the classical charts across Canada.

Miss Bayrakdarian has been the recipient of many grants, including a Canada Council Grant, the Sullivan Foundation Grant, the 2000 Leonie Rysanek Award from the George London Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award in 1997.

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