Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

2013 Richard Tucker Award Recipient
Vocalists — Mezzo-Soprano

“Leonard, so appealing as Rosina in Lyric's 2013-14 Rossini "Barber of Seville," was even more appealing as Angelina. The mezzo has the vocal and physical beauty, the natural stage charisma, the sure dramatic instincts, to win all hearts from the outset. She also commands the coloratura agility, flexibility and precision to satisfy the role's stiff technical demands and graceful bel canto lines. Rossini does his rags-to-riches heroine no favors by placing her florid showpiece, "Non piu mesta," at the end of a long, vocally taxing opera. But Leonard sailed through the tricky roulades, runs and other embellishments with grace and aplomb, making Angelina's joy at being united with her prince palpable in every ornate flourish.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, October 5, 2015 - Angelina in 'La Cenerentola' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

“The plush, animated mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is a beguiling Cherubino, the count’s page, though, in this production, the character comes across as just an adolescent boy trying to look mature in a light three-piece suit in order to impress the older countess, whom he pines for. That this Cherubino is 100 percent hormones was palpable in Ms. Leonard’s singing of the breathless aria “Non so più,” in which the young man tells of being so swept up with longing for every woman he sees that he goes through each day trembling with elation and utter confusion.” —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, September 23, 2014 - Cherubino in 'Le nozze di Figaro' at Metropolitan Opera

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Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” the Grammy Award winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. In repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Thomas Ades, she has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, . . .

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