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Isabel Leonard: Preludios

30 Apr 2015 / 0 Comments / 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 / 0 Comments / 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 / 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 […]

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. […]