Classical Singer | BRIAN MANTERNACH
While many singers move to New York City to seek their fortunes, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard never had to leave her backyard to find hers.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Leonard’s preteen years included dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School before she enrolled at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she headed just down the street to the Juilliard School, where she completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and earned the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
Since then she has launched an international career that has taken her to the Canadian Opera Company, the Opéra national de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, and other far reaches.