Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-soprano
Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-soprano
Bio: Recent highlights in Isabel’s calendar have included Charlotte Werther in her debut for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in La Cenerentola for the Bayerische Staatsoper and Wiener Staatsoper; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande and Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites for the Metropolitan Opera. She has also appeared at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals, the Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, Dutch National Opera and, in the United States, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Washington National Opera. Her concert appearances have included the New York Philharmonic with Maazel, the Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras with Dudamel, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with both Salonen and Gergiev, the Cleveland Orchestra with Welser-Möst and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Conlon. A popular recitalist, she has appeared in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and in New York at both the Zankel and Alice Tully Halls.
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Bio: Recent highlights in Isabel’s calendar have included Charlotte Werther in her debut for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in La Cenerentola for the Bayerische Staatsoper and Wiener Staatsoper; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande and Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites for the Metropolitan Opera. She has also appeared at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals, the Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, Dutch National Opera and, in the United States, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Washington National Opera. Her concert appearances have included the New York Philharmonic with Maazel, the Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras with Dudamel, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with both Salonen and Gergiev, the Cleveland Orchestra with Welser-Möst and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Conlon. A popular recitalist, she has appeared in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and in New York at both the Zankel and Alice Tully Halls.
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Repertoire

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Isabel Leonard
Isabel Leonard
Mezzo-soprano
Full name: Isabel Leonard

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"But there’s nothing quite like a letter scene to bring out the best in a singer-actress and Leonard was superlative. That middle-range mezzo ... was used for all it was worth... [and] Leonard used everything at her disposal to dominate the stage."
Marc Bridle
"Isabel Leonard is probably the best Cherubino in the business, hands down... Her Cherubino is far from an innocent however, exuding sex at every turn, even with a suggestive and sly smile when she states at the end of her aria “Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio” that “parlo d’amor con me” and then finding moments to just flirt and misbehave with every single woman onstage... Leonard’s interpretation of the character in this production has remained consistent throughout the years, but the shape of her Cherubino is far clearer in its execution. She is an all-encompassing artist that doesn’t need to revert to massive gestures to be truly masterful and this Cherubino is perhaps the greatest example of said genius."
David Salazar

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