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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 […]

Tour with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

03 Mar 2019 / in Reviews

“Leonard is a marvelous singer, period, but she’s a particularly fine Bernstein interpreter. Singing with unaffected direction, burnished tone (her lowest register is liquid bronze), and spot-on diction, she brought moral weight to the night’s most politically charged numbers (“Take Care of This House” and the anti-war “So Pretty”) without veering into preachiness.” Worcester’s Telegram […]

Pelléas et Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera

21 Jan 2019 / in Reviews

“Leonard rose slowly from the ground as the music itself floated upward, a nice touch for a character who appears from nowhere and has no discernible past, even to herself. Leonard and Ketelsen were excellent, their voices two of the most colorful elements of the evening. Her quasi-affectless manner and his grounded masculine intensity were […]

“From the Diary of Anne Frank” with the San Francisco Symphony

23 Nov 2018 / in Reviews

“Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard proved a great choice to speak the deeply affecting thoughts and prayers of the beloved 13-year-old girl. Originally commissioned by UNICEF for Audrey Hepburn to premiere at MTT’s New World Symphony, “From the Diary of Anne Frank” is well-suited to Leonard’s firm, womanly tone. Sweetly innocent but also remarkably mature, her interpretation […]