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‘L’heure espagnole’ with the San Francisco Symphony

08 Jun 2015 / 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

La Cenerentola / Washington National Opera

12 May 2015 / in Reviews

“Met with cheers and bravas, the mezzo easily won over the audience at her Washington National Opera debut Saturday night. With her rich, warm and expressive voice – not to mention commanding stage presence – Leonard charmed the prince, dazzled with her effortless singing, and was the icing on the cake for an enchanting evening […]

Isabel Leonard: Preludios

30 Apr 2015 / in Reviews

American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who has made several memorable appearances recently with the Metropolitan Opera, is of Argentinian ancestry on one side of her family. That side shines in this Spanish song recital, which includes music from Catalonia, Castile, Andalusia and Cuba. The mournful and beautiful Mompou song that opens the disc could be considered […]

Kapilow: Gertrude McFuzz

01 Apr 2015 / in Reviews

Dr. Seuss’s tale of Gertrude McFuzz is full of goofy words and surprising rhymes that practically beg for musical setting. Kapilow responds with a wildly jazzy and onomatopoeic score that vividly depicts the three main characters . . . Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the fun narrator of the story. You get the sense that she […]

Kennedy Center Concert with Sharon Isbin

01 Apr 2015 / in Reviews

“Is there a better antidote to the chill of this endless winter than the hot-blooded music of Spain? Well, okay — maybe tickets to the Caribbean. But a close second was Tuesday night’s impassioned performance by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitar legend Sharon Isbin, who brought two hours of fiery, flamenco-steeped music to the Terrace […]