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Il barbiere di Siviglia / The Dallas Opera

30 Apr 2014 / 0 Comments / 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 / 0 Comments / 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 / 0 Comments / 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 […]

Glyndebourne Festival / Le Nozze di Figaro

28 Jul 2012 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“In a nicely balanced cast, my favourite is Isabel Leonard’s Cherubino – a stage animal with charisma written all over her.” Financial times, Andrew Clark  June 2012

Opera National de Bordeaux / Alcina

02 May 2012 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Her technique is exemplary, her voice wonderfully guided to bring depth to the characters she incarnates with intelligence and with undeniable acting talent. She brings that new style to the opera in which the vocal brilliance adds to the theatrical dimension of her presence on stage. To that add the fact that she’s particularly gorgeous […]