Department of Music faculty member, Isabel Bayrakdarian, featured in LA Times

UCSB Department of Music faculty member, Isabel Bayrakdarian, is featured in the LA Times:

'In a profession dominated by Italian and German repertoire, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has had the privilege of performing in two languages that are not normally associated with the standard operatic canon: Armenian and the Elvish tongue known as Sindarin.

The latter language she sang in the 2002 Peter Jackson blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. The soprano performed the ethereally mournful song "Evenstar," heard as the elf Arwen envisions a desolate future without her beloved Aragorn.

When asked which of the two languages is more difficult to perform, she didn't hesitate to pick Tolkien's fictional dialect.

"Hands down," she said. "It's hard. But you know what? You can get away with so much. After all, how many of you know Elvish?"'

Read more about her career, and her concert on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge: 

'Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian hopes to give voice to her Armenian ancestors'


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