Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

2013 Richard Tucker Award Recipient
Vocalists — Mezzo-Soprano

“Isabel Leonard’s triumph came later, in the coloratura challenge “Nacqui all'affanno… Non più mesta”. She showed off a consistent, pleasant tone throughout the aria’s wide range and delivered precise, energetic runs and trills with a beautiful and triumphant smile.” —Ilana Walder-Biesanz, BachTrack, March 3, 2015 - Angelina in 'La Cenerentola' at Bayerische Staatsoper

“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

“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


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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