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Massenet’s ‘Werther’ at The Metropolitan Opera

17 Feb 2017 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“The coolly elegant Ms. Leonard was a Charlotte more sophisticated than humble, but she was superbly polished, her voice smooth and supple. If she sometimes seemed to be waiting, prettily and patiently, for another, more patrician Werther — as far as classic Met comparisons go, Mr. Grigolo was likely closer to fiery Franco Corelli than […]

Mezzo-soprano, guitarist delight in Four Arts concert

19 Jan 2017 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

A song recital can be a very special, intimate experience; not just a musical treat but a journey, led by a great storyteller. On Wednesday night, the audience at The Society of the Four Arts was taken on a journey to Spain in the company of two master storytellers, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon […]

Isabel Leonard debuts as Charlotte in Massenet’s ‘Werther’

18 Dec 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“… Isabel Leonard is beautiful Charlotte. Indeed, in some ways she surpasses by digging into the text, in the bending of Massenet tortuous melodies, in exploding clear treble proiettatissimi the torment of the character, while showing off a full and secure medium and low register … which avoids the hollowness of a character out of […]

Role debut as Adalgisa in ‘Norma’ at the COC

08 Oct 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard’s role debut as Adalgisa, Norma’s acolyte/BFF/rival, was equally nuanced and complete. Leonard is perhaps the finest acting singer we’ve had on the COC stage for some time, and those theatrical chops, combined with her thrilling, beautifully expressive voice, made her an absolutely riveting character every time she stepped on stage. She was able […]

Festival Napa Valley – Gala Concert

01 Aug 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“The choice of voices offering more beauty continued on Sunday as the 10-day Festival Napa Valley concluded with a gala, featuring two bright stars of opera, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard — “acclaimed for her passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty” — and Michael Fabiano … It was sheer pleasure, composed of crowd-pleasing favorites, orchestral interludes, solos […]