L La Cenerentola | Amsterdam
DEC 3, 6, 10, 12, 16, 18
HairToStay – The Diva Way
On November 7, Isabel Leonard participates at the HairToStay benefit concert at the Herbst Theatre.
HairToStay is the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients afford scalp cooling, a treatment that can dramatically reduce chemotherapy induced hair loss. As well as subsidizing the treatment, they help to raise awareness and offer information and support to patients considering the use of scalp cooling to keep their hair during chemotherapy.
The evening features performances by Isabel Leonard, local San Francisco Performing Arts Stars (Silvie Jensen, Shawnette Sulker, Evan Kahn and Kevin Korth), singing surgeons (Dr. Laura Esserman and Dr. Sanziana Roman), HairToStay recipients, a live auction, and Hair & Fashion Couture.
A VIP Reception, After Party, and a beauty-inspired VIP gift bag all add to this evening of fun, fashion and philanthropy honoring HairToStay beneficiaries.
Isabel Leonard becomes an Ambassador for Opera for Peace
“Whatever the art form, the key to understanding and inclusion is communication. Simply one voice to another, and great communication comes in many different forms. Let us be one of those voices.” – Isabel Leonard
Isabel Leonard has become an Ambassador for Opera for peace, a new organization working to connect people around the world through the unifying nature of opera. To learn more about the mission and how you can join the cause, please visit operaforpeace.org.
IN THE PRESS
Isabel Leonard had just finished singing Sesto in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” in Paris and was taking a few days off with her 8-month-old son Teo when her manager’s office contacted her and asked whether she was on a plane back to the U.S.
“I’m like, no, I’m actually in Vienna,” she said.
That was good news for the Vienna State Opera. The performer scheduled to play Cherubino had gotten sick, and the company wanted the mezzo-soprano to make an unscheduled debut that night in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”
“I just need to find a baby sitter,” Leonard said.
Three days after her 29th birthday in February 2011, Leonard rushed through a one-woman rehearsal that lasted about 30 minutes per act — “just add hot water. It’s an instant opera” she said with a chuckle. She took the Staatsoper stage hours later in a cast that included Luca Pisaroni, Erwin Schrott and Dorothea Roschmann.
Such has been the life of Leonard, a two-time Grammy-winner and, at 37, a single mom and a sought-after singer.
After starring in three productions at the Metropolitan Opera this season, she appeared at Carnegie Hall on Monday night in an all-French program for new music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. It was his first concert leading the Met Orchestra.
“This is probably for me one of the healthiest voices I have ever encountered in my life,” Nezet-Seguin said. “The incredible artistry and the attention to words and meaning that she brings to every role she approaches makes it a conductor’s dream.”