Tag archives: Isabel Bayrakdarian

Isabel’s Bella Tune
By Richard Mineards   |   May 3, 2022

It was an evening of decidedly high note when Lebanese-born soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian performed in a Glorious and Free concert at the Lobero, part of CAMA’s – the Community Arts Music Association – Masterseries. The performance of Romani-inspired songs and operetta arias featured works by Dvorak, Brahms, Lehar, Salman, and Yvain sung effortlessly by the […]

UCSB’s Zoom-tastic Don Giovanni Opera-ting in the ‘New Reality’
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 26, 2021

More Mozart is headed our way this weekend as UCSB Opera Theatre and the Department of Music present an abridged two-act virtual video version of Don Giovanni on Friday, February 26. The production is helmed by Associate Professor Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, the star soprano who sang the love interest role of Zerlina in multiple productions […]

4Qs: Einhorn Decks the Granada with Boughs of Holly Pops
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 5, 2019

Maybe the Santa Barbara Symphony was taking a cue from the old commercials for Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum when they launched a second pops concert last December to go along with its longstanding New Year’s Eve show. As in, “Double your pleasure, double your fun.” Whatever the motivation, Year 2 for the Christmastime concert brings […]

By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2019

A tony triumvirate of new members have joined the board of CAMA – Community Arts Music Association –, which is completing its centennial year. The trio are renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, retired internist George Messerlian, and local arts benefactor Marta Babson, who lives in Montecito and Chicago. “We’re very pleased to have these talented and […]

One for the Books
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2018

Food writer and inveterate traveler Michael Cervin has just completed his eighth work and fifth travel book, The Santa Barbara Know-It-All: A Guide to Everything that Matters. “I really wanted to write a travel book that was fun, entertaining, and funny,” says Michael, who I used to work with at the News-Press when he was […]