Stratford Summer Music


Isabel Bayrakdarian

It’s not every prima donnawho can boast a degree in biomedical engineering, but then, Isabel Bayrakdarian isn’t your average prima donna. In a career still in its second decade, an eagerly anticipated visitor to opera houses and concert halls the world over, she’s become as celebrated for her beauty, presence, and style as for a strikingly multihued voice that’s wholly in sync with the rest of her.

Isabel  is joined by Canadian pianist Robert Kortgaard, well known to Stratford audiences. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals around the world. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups.  His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio. Robert is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated “Event of the Year”  by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario.  

Program Repertoire:

"Through Romany Songland"

Brahms: Zigeunerlieder , voice, piano          

Dvorak: Gypsy Songs , voice, violin, piano   

Guridi: Selections from Canciones Castellanas     voice, piano  duration: 8-10 minutes

Selection of Tangos:    voice, violin, piano  

Assisted with a gift from:

Jane Fryman Laird

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classical vocal with Robert Kortgaard, piano and Mark Fewer, violin

Friday August 9 | 3 pm

The Avondale

$30 | $50 + HST (+$5 at the door)



"Song to the Moon" by Antonin Dvorak with Armenian Philharmonic