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French masterpieces with the New York Philharmonic
This upcoming month, Isabel Leonard joins the New York Philharmonic for three concerts on March 5, 7 and 10 to sing, once again, Ravel’s exotic song cycle Shéhérazade at David Geffen Hall, with Louis Langrée on the podium.
Also on the program are Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, with shimmering sounds from the sinuous flute introduction to the final languorous chords, and Nocturnes’ vivid images of clouds, festivals, and seductive siren songs. Scriabin’s sensuous tone poem Le Poème de l’extase wraps up the evening.
Concert in North Carolina
On February 25, Isabel Leonard returns to Carolina Performing Arts to perform with the UNC Symphony Orchestra. Designed in collaboration with the ensemble, this special program will highlight selections from Ms. Leonard’s diverse repertoire, including arias by Gounod, Berlioz and Bizet.
IN THE PRESS
“I always sang, since I was a child,” says Isabel Leonard. “I ended up fully entrenched in classical music, really, once I began at Juilliard. Before college I had been singing musical theater and with the jazz band as well…. I love it all!”
Hailed as “opera’s most in-demand singer” by Town and Country, the two-time Grammy-winning Isabel Leonard makes her Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra subscription concert debut February 7–8, singing the role of “l’enfant” (“The Child”) in Ravel’s fairy-tale opera L’enfant et les sortilèges.
Isabel Leonard has built an unprecedented international career, performing all over the world and winning a number of competitions and awards, chief of which is the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award in 2013. An audience favorite at The Metropolitan Opera, last season she sang three leading roles there. Two of these, the title role in Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie (a Met commission), and the role of Blanche in Poulenc’s tragic Dialogues des Carmelites, were broadcast all over the world as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD program. Recent years have also seen her perform the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Wiener Staatsoper and Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther with the Royal Opera House in London.