Isabel Bayrakdarian is fascinated by the story of competing 18th-century opera stars, pitted against each other for money and fame.
The soprano has taken the story of Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni — enemies who sang works by the same composers and in the same operas — to heart.
“It’s too bad they had to compete,” says Bayrakdarian, who will perform an original work, TheRival Queens, from April 9 to 13 at Koerner Hall with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
“The culture of the time was that they were pitted against each other.”
Equally powerful, the two performers, who first sang together in 1718, had to have songs of equal importance in the productions.