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Kennedy Center Recital with Sharon Isbin

25 Mar 2015 / 0 Comments / 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 […]

Le nozze di Figaro / The Metropolitan Opera

04 Nov 2014 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“The plush, animated mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is a beguiling Cherubino…” Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times “Finer still was mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, whose Cherubino is one of the finest trouser-role performances in memory. Her singing is full and clear as a bell, and the way she stands and moves around is completely boyish yet masculine. […]

Recital in Aspen

04 Aug 2014 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“. . . Leonard, whose mother is Argentinian, put her Latin side and sultry voice to use in songs by Garcia Lorca, Falla and Monstalvatge. She relished every phrase, and Isbin’s sensitive accompaniment was equally penetrating. The highlight was Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas, which Leonard has sung often with piano or orchestra. The range, variety […]

Der Rosenkavalier in concert / Tanglewood

15 Jul 2014 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“. . . Ms. Leonard was strong and alluring . . . “ James R. Oestreich – The New York Times  “There, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard brought her smooth, amber-toned voice to the role of Octavian. In the love duet between the prince and Sophie, her phrases took on a soft, feathery quality without losing their body.” […]

Recital / Miami

25 May 2014 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

Sunday Afternoons of Music  “Her voice is rich and silvery smooth, with perfect intonation, an even and effortless tone production from the bottom to the top of the scale and a frictionless agility in moving from note to note . . . Xavier Montsalvatge’s Canto Negro was a vocal rollercoaster ride, with Leonard’s voice gliding effortlessly from […]