George Isaakyan is a native of Yerevan (Armenian Republic), he studied at the Moscow State Academy of Theatre Arts, the department of music theatre, which he graduated from in 1991. In the same year he joined the Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet as an Opera Director, a position he held till 1996, when he was appointed Principal Director.
Mr. Isaakyan assumed artistic directorship of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2001. He has distinguished himself as a highly efficient artistic leader and an imaginative creator of a great variety of productions, which highlight the repertory of many Russian and overseas theatres.
George Isaakyan is the author of numerous important cultural projects (the most recent the renowned Diaghilev Festival) and the winner of national and international prizes and awards among which is the highest in Russian culture State Premium of the Russian Federation granted him for his grand project Pushkin in Opera.
As a director of vast scope, Mr. Isaakyan is keen on and inspired by the original works rarely performed both in Russia and abroad. His recent creations feature Russia and world premieres of J. Massenet`s Cleopatre and Cinderella, R. Schedrin’s Lolita and G. Händel`s Alcina, modern productions J. Bizet’s Carmen, Dvorák’s Rusalka, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Mazeppa and most recent Russian premieres of C. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and A. Rubinstein’s Christus.
Isaakyan’s new production of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich based on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel is the company’s homage to all victims of political repressions. Its Perm and world premiere was a part of the 2009 Diaghilev Festival devoted to the centenary of the Diaghilev Russian Seasons in Paris.