10/08/2018

Isabel Bayrakdarian to perform in Burbank on Yerevan and Armenia anniversaries

Renowned opera star Isabel Bayrakdarian will perform at in St. Leon Cathedral located in Burbank, California on September 23 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the first Republic of Armenia and the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan.

On May 28, 1918 Armenia gained independence after having been deprived of freedom for several centuries. This year Armenians worldwide are taking part in glorious celebrations in honor of the Centennial.

For Armenians in Armenia as well as those throughout the Diaspora, 2018 is also a celebration of the 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital.

The Zvartnots Cultural Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America joins in the jubilee of both anniversaries with a performance by Bayrakdarian, accompanied by the UCSB String Quartet. The concert will be held under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate.

Bayrakdarian has performed in numerous well-known classical operas in opera houses around the world, including, La Scala, Paris, Canada, The Metropolitan, San Francisco, Yerevan, etc. She is also extremely knowledgeable in Armenian cultural and religious music, both as an instrumentalist and as a soloist. Isabel Bayrakdarian is the recipient of several international awards which have carried her name across the musical realm. Her awards and honors include, the Juno Award, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Winner (1997), Mother See of Cilicia Mesrob Mashdots Medal (2004), Republic of Armenia Komitas and Movses Khorenatsi Medals (2017).