Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

2013 Richard Tucker Award Recipient
Vocalists — Mezzo-Soprano

“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

“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


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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