Isabel sings Rosina, one of her signature roles, in Rossini’s vibrant, energetic work Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Vienna Staatsoper in February. Ms. Leonard recently performed the role to great acclaim with The Metropolitan Opera; enjoy a video featuring the aria “Una voce poco fa” from earlier this season.
Performances in Vienna take place February 16 & 19, featuring Antonio Siragusa as Count Almaviva, Alfred Šramek as Bartolo, Alessio Arduni as Figaro, and Sorin Coliban as Basilio, with conductor Michael Güttler at the helm.
She later heads to Munich to sing Angelina in Rossini’s effervescent comedy La Cenerentola at the Bayerische Staatsoper from March 1, 3 & 7, a role she will revisit at Washington National Opera later this spring. This delightful production, designed by the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, features Javier Camarena as Angelina’s ‘Prince Charming’ Don Ramiro, Vito Priante as Dandini, Renato Girolami as Don Magnifico, and with Maestro Antonello Allemandi leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper.
Isabel’s portrayal of Angelina in Fort Worth (2009) left audiences spellbound by her spectacular voice and stunning presence on stage: “Leonard is the Cinderella of dreams, as fetching a poor stepsister as she is a fairy tale princess . . .”
– The Dallas Morning News