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Metropolitan Opera / Don Giovanni

03 Sep 2008 / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard inhabited the role of the impudent, innocent Zerlina as thoroughly as Mr. Schrott did the Don, and the chemistry between them was sizzling. Her singing was fresh, effervescent and lovely.” The New York Times, James Oestreich, September 2008

Santa Fe Opera / Le Nozze di Figaro

20 Aug 2008 / in Reviews

“Leonard was an audience favorite on Saturday: Her Cherubino is adorable – terrified, wanting, curious, yet delightfully funny; she displayed the surest sense of comic timing.” Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 30, 2008

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Hollywood Bowl

03 Jul 2008 / in Reviews

Leonard, 26, a native New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, returned after intermission for “Exsultate, jubilate.” There’s always some confusion in characterizing this eternally popular piece. Is it a motet? A cantata? Or, as the program note simply put it, “a small concerto for soprano and orchestra,” by turns operatic and symphonic? Whatever it is, the […]

Spivey Hall Recital

03 Mar 2008 / in Reviews

What appeared to be a typo on the front of Saturday evening’s Spivey Hall recital booklet — Isabel Leonard’s named floated free of category yet Brian Zeger was identified as the pianist — turned out to be a statement about artistic options. A native New Yorker, Isabel Leonard made her professional opera debut last season […]

Weill Hall Recital

03 Mar 2008 / in Reviews

The mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard made a noteworthy Metropolitan Opera debut last fall as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette, demonstrating a lively stage presence and a radiant lyric voice. On Friday she proved that she is also confident on the recital stage, making her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, ably accompanied by the […]