A great radio interview with three musicians who also happen to have science degrees: soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian (BEng), jazz singer and composer Diane Nalini de Kerchkhove (assistant prof of Physics at the University of Guelph) and mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal (MSci Physics, University of Toronto). They discuss the science of operatic voice, and the many connections between their scientific and musical work.
You can see Bayrakdarian at The Duke of Westminster pub this Friday as the guest of Canadian Opera Company’s Opera 101 series, discussing the upcoming production of The Magic Flute and her role, Pamina. Facebook invite page with details.
She is also an amazing Romilda in my favourite productions of Serse, the Dresden Semperoper 2000 staging. Paula Rasmussen and Ann Hallenberg are Serse and Arsamene duking it out over La Bayrak:
Bonus: Bayrakdarian (Cleopatra) with Vivica Genaux (Marc’ Antonio) under the baton of René Jacobs: