Announcing a new release from Isabel Bayrakdarian!
The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia
Constantine Orbelian, Conductor
City of Kaunas Symphony Orchestra
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
From Isabel Bayrakdarian:
I’m so excited to share with you my newest recording, “The Other Cleopatra: Queen of Armenia” which will be released on the Delos Music label in March. This is the culmination of my extensive research at the UCSB Department of Music, and is a collection of Baroque arias from rare and lost operas by Gluck, Vivaldi, and Hasse, all titled “Il Tigrane.”
There is a strong personal background to this project.
When I was growing up, I learned about Armenian history in school and of course we learned about our great king Tigranes II (or Medzn Dikran, Տիգրան Մեծ, Tigran the Great)—but there was no mention about the woman behind the great king: the queen consort: Cleopatra of Pontus. Moreover, I had no idea that at least 24 operas were written about the love story between Cleopatra and Tigranes II.
Since I had already recorded a CD of rare arias dedicated to Cleopatra of Egypt, it seemed fitting—and about time—that I should also research, unearth, and record the music of the Other Cleopatra, who became queen of Armenia, and whose DNA I most likely carry.❞
Release scheduled for March 20, 2020.
Cover art by Zach Mendez Photo.