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Werther at the Royal Opera House

19 Sep 2019 / in Reviews

“It’s Leonard, though, in this overdue house debut, who anchors the action. Hers is a fallible, youthful Charlotte – flattered by attention, playful right up until truth and duty reassert themselves and she must reject Werther for the reliable Albert. Dark and thickly painted throughout the range, hers is an attractive voice, flowering into full […]

The MET Orchestra and Yannick Nezét-Séguin

09 Jun 2019 / in Reviews

“The program also featured the mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, in lovely voice, singing Henri Dutilleux’s “Le Temps l’Horloge” song cycle, completed in 2009, haunting music that retains refined French impressionist colorings while speaking a boldly modernist language. She also sang an alluringly sensual account of Ravel’s “Shéhérazade.”” New York Times “Chemistry between Leonard and Nézet-Séguin truly […]

Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera

06 Jun 2019 / in Reviews

“Leonard sang Blanche with an astonishing mixture of softness and backbone. She has steadily marched toward stardom at the Met, and the affinity between her and Nézet-Séguin is evolving into one of the company’s great artistic partnerships. Her voice is purest vicuña: warm, fine, and naturally colored. She can be slow to shed her poise […]

Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda

06 Jun 2019 / in Reviews

“The tender lullaby of “Nana” featured gently cooing clarinets trailing after Leonard’s maternal timbre. The vivid orchestration, full of touches of Spanish percussion, complemented the intense narrative qualities of Leonard’s singing.” Washington Classical Review “The evening offered a simulacrum of an American program, polished and shiny. After the Copland, the American element in the second […]

Pelléas et Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera

07 May 2019 / in Reviews

“The cast is superb. I might quibble for a moment about the sheer beauty of everything about mezzo Isabel Leonard’s performances as Sister Blanche. With that velvet voice and those film-star looks, she seems too poised, even a bit smug, for an aristocrat too morbidly sensitive to venture out of a convent. But there is […]