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Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian hopes to give voice to her Armenian ancestors

In a profession dominated by Italian and German repertoire, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has had the privilege of performing in two languages that are not normally associated with the standard operatic canon: Armenian and the Elvish tongue known as Sindarin.

The latter language she sang in the 2002 Peter Jackson blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. The soprano performed the ethereally mournful song "Evenstar," heard as the elf Arwen envisions a desolate future without her beloved Aragorn.

When asked which of the two languages is more difficult to perform, she didn't hesitate to pick Tolkien's fictional...