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Carnegie Hall Recital with guitarist Sharon Isbin

14 Nov 2015 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“This seemed very much an equal collaboration, even down to the women’s striking outfits, both designed by Austin Scarlett . . . Ms. Leonard sounded confident in this repertory, with works like Falla’s “Siete canciones populares españolas” demonstrating the scope of her sultry . . . plummy lower notes to silvery higher range. She imbued […]

Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center

04 Nov 2015 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard, who won the award in 2013, was one of the major turning points of the evening, turning what had been a rather straightforward evening of great singing and enriching it with her vibrant and electric stage presence. Throughout the “Nacqui all’affanno” and “Non piu mesta” from Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” the singing-actress looked like […]

A “splendid” La Cenerentola at Lyric Opera of Chicago

06 Oct 2015 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“The troupe’s theatrical ingenuity serves a splendid cast headed by . . . Isabel Leonard and American tenor Lawrence Brownlee . . . Forget Disney, forget Rodgers and Hammerstein. In this sly new take on the familiar fairy tale, everything we see on stage is Cinderella’s fantasy. Abused by her venal stepfather and mean stepsisters, […]

‘Cold Mountain’ world premiere at Santa Fe Opera

05 Aug 2015 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard was a beautiful, believable Ada, the richness of her mezzo evoking Ada’s reserve and desire.” Heidi Waleson – The Wall Street Journal

‘L’heure espagnole’ with the San Francisco Symphony

08 Jun 2015 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Dutoit is a proven master of the French repertoire, which he conducts with a wondrous combination of crisp precision and rhythmic freedom . . . He had a superb cast at his disposal as well, headed by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as a knowing, lustrously dark-toned Concepcion.” Joshua Kosman – SFGate