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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala

01 Jun 2017 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“At the recent gala, a young mezzo, Isabel Leonard, and a young tenor, Ben Bliss, sang music from a fairly new opera, The Tempest, by Thomas Adès. Their singing was unimpeachable: beautiful, accurate, and feeling. It was probably the freshest, and possibly the most correct, singing of the night.” Jay Nordlinger – New Criterion

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 […]