Bayrakdarian: The Other Cleopatra (CD)

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Bayrakdarian: The Other Cleopatra (CD)

Composers: Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Adolph Hasse, Antonio Vivaldi
Artists: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
Number of discs: 1
Label: Delos Records
CD Release Date: (March 20, 2020)

Yes, there was another Cleopatra! She was married to Tigranes the Great, King of Armenia, and together they created an Armenia that reached from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.

The resplendent and regal voice of soprano, Isabel Bayrakdarian is perfectly suited to the role of Cleopatra. Bayrakdarian shines in arias from three rarely heard operas about King Tigranes and his queen. Bayrakdarian’s multi-hued voice relates the passion, drama, and fervor of the love story of Tigranes and Cleopatra. Bayrakdarian sparkles in five arias from Il Tigrane by Baroque master Johann Adolph Hasse, famous in his day as one of the foremost composers of opera.

Arias by Vivaldi and Gluck add further excitement to the album. Vivaldi, known primarily for his instrumental music, stands out as an opera composer, while Gluck, in an early opera, already shows his mastery of the form. Bayrakdarian is supported by the Grammy-nominated team of Constantine Orbelian the singers dream collaborator and his marvelous Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.(Opera News)

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