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Forth Worth Opera

03 Jun 2009 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“The production, at Bass Performance Hall, was planned around the young mezzo Isabel Leonard. Called Angelina in Rossini’s version, Leonard is the Cinderella of dreams, as fetching a poor stepsister as she is a fairy tale princess. She can string out the most delicate high pianissimo and then let loose vocal fireworks to take your […]

Metropolitan Opera / Don Giovanni

03 Sep 2008 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard inhabited the role of the impudent, innocent Zerlina as thoroughly as Mr. Schrott did the Don, and the chemistry between them was sizzling. Her singing was fresh, effervescent and lovely.” The New York Times, James Oestreich, September 2008

Santa Fe Opera / Le Nozze di Figaro

20 Aug 2008 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

“Leonard was an audience favorite on Saturday: Her Cherubino is adorable – terrified, wanting, curious, yet delightfully funny; she displayed the surest sense of comic timing.” Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 30, 2008

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Hollywood Bowl

03 Jul 2008 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

Leonard, 26, a native New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, returned after intermission for “Exsultate, jubilate.” There’s always some confusion in characterizing this eternally popular piece. Is it a motet? A cantata? Or, as the program note simply put it, “a small concerto for soprano and orchestra,” by turns operatic and symphonic? Whatever it is, the […]

Spivey Hall Recital

03 Mar 2008 / 0 Comments / in Reviews

What appeared to be a typo on the front of Saturday evening’s Spivey Hall recital booklet — Isabel Leonard’s named floated free of category yet Brian Zeger was identified as the pianist — turned out to be a statement about artistic options. A native New Yorker, Isabel Leonard made her professional opera debut last season […]