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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 […]

‘Triumphant ‘On the Town’ revival turns Davies Hall into ‘New York, New York’

26 May 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Three singers were corralled from opera, and they too amazed. Isabel Leonard (Clair, the racy anthropologist) demonstrated she can dance, act, wise-crack and sing Broadway with the best of them.” Mark Swed – LA Times “Isabel Leonard cut an equally manic figure as the nymphomaniacal paleontologist Claire de Loone, her character’s desires just barely kept […]

Higdon’s Cold Mountain (album reviews)

09 May 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard’s Ada has a high and bright mezzo, with exemplary diction . . .” -Opera Now

Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary Gala

06 May 2016 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“After a sultry account of Bizet’s “Habanera,” Ms. Leonard also proved herself a stylish singer of American popular music, collaborating with Mr. Feinstein in a Berlin and Kern medley of works made famous onscreen by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.” Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times