Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

2013 Richard Tucker Award Recipient
Vocalists — Mezzo-Soprano

“Leonard's darkly lustrous mezzo-soprano is ideal for the plum role of Rosina. The American singer commands the wide range, the coloratura agility and the striking physical beauty, charm and stage presence to make an audience take the heroine to its heart. Some singers overdo the character's calculation, but Leonard balanced sweet and saucy nicely. You really believed this Rosina when she explained, in her touchstone aria, "Una voce poco fa," that while she appears to be gentle and obedient, she will turn into a viper if necessary to get her way.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, February 2, 2014 - Rosina in 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

“Leonard, as Dorabella, sang with a magnetic charisma and a remarkable depth of tone, possessing springy agility in “Smanie implacabili” and a convincing sincerity in “Il core vi dono”, her duet with Rodion Pogossov’s Guglielmo. This was yet further confirmation, as if a winner of the Beverly Sills and Richard Tucker Awards needed it, of potential already being realized.” —David Allen, Bachtrack, September 25, 2013 - Dorabella in 'Cosi fan tutte' at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine

“The mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is an ideal Blanche. She sings with beguiling tenderness in moments of composure, but her voice throbs with penetrating intensity when Blanche is overcome with anxiety.” —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, May 6, 2013 - Blanche in 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at the Metropolitan Opera


Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both at home in the United States and internationally. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Richard Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

Isabel Leonard returns to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2014 – 2015 season for two of her most-beloved roles: Cherubino in the new Richard Eyre production of Le nozze di Figaro conducted by James Levine and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Leonard also returns to . . .

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