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Così fan tutte / The Metropolitan Opera

21 May 2014 / in Reviews

“There was one clear star, however: Isabel Leonard, as fresh of voice as she was of looks, and with great stage presence. Her tuning, phrasing and sense of style were impeccable throughout, as her acting. Of the two main female protagonists, it was Leonard’s Dorabella that triumphed, despite the fact that is Fiordiligi that gets […]

Recital with Nathan Gunn in Illinois

04 May 2014 / in Reviews

“Leonard wowed the audience in Joaquin Valverde’s old-time parlor song “Clavelitos,” a number I associate with singers like Amelita Galli-Curci. Leonard also scored a triumph in “I am easily assimilated” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” with Gunn joining in singing and Milenkovich adding a few flourishes with his violin. Reaction by the near-capacity audience in the […]

Il barbiere di Siviglia / The Dallas Opera

30 Apr 2014 / in Reviews

“But perhaps the unexpected (for this critic at least) star of the evening, was mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in her Dallas Opera debut. Her dark, lyric-mezzo voice was absolutely perfect as Rosina, and her agile coloratura was breathtaking, particularly in her Contro un cor che accende amore… aria with Count Almaviva. Leonard is most certainly a mezzo to […]

Lyric Opera of Chicago / The Barber of Seville

02 Feb 2014 / in Reviews

“Leonard’s darkly lustrous mezzo-soprano is ideal for the plum role of Rosina. The American singer commands the wide range, the coloratura agility and the striking physical beauty, charm and stage presence to make an audience take the heroine to its heart. Some singers overdo the character’s calculation, but Leonard balanced sweet and saucy nicely. You […]

Canadian Opera Company / La Clemenza di Tito

16 Feb 2013 / in Reviews

“Then there’s Isabel Leonard, as the male character, Sesto. Her voice has the rich, fragrant depth of sandalwood and she looks so sublimely boyish yet fulsomely feminine that she combines the best of both genders. I adored her.” – Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star “Isabel Leonard produced a penetrating, copper tone that conveyed both the masculinity and […]