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L’Enfant et les sortilèges in Cincinnati

16 Feb 2020 / in Reviews

“In the one-act opera, the excellent American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard took on her Grammy-winning role of The Child, a 6-year-old in backwards ballcap and short pants. Leonard fully inhabited her role, delivering tantrums defiantly and interacting remarkably with both the actual and the animated characters while onstage for the entire work. Despite the antics, listeners […]

Vulture: The Best Classical-Music Performances of 2019

17 Dec 2019 / in Reviews

Vulture 1. Dialogues des Carmélites With Isabel Leonard as the snowy-souled Blanche and Karita Mattila as the raging prioress, the return of Poulenc’s (almost) all-nun opera would have been pretty transcendent even without any additional virtues. But Yannick Nézét-Séguin’s presence on the podium made it downright celestial.

Werther at the Royal Opera House

19 Sep 2019 / in Reviews

“It’s Leonard, though, in this overdue house debut, who anchors the action. Hers is a fallible, youthful Charlotte – flattered by attention, playful right up until truth and duty reassert themselves and she must reject Werther for the reliable Albert. Dark and thickly painted throughout the range, hers is an attractive voice, flowering into full […]

The MET Orchestra and Yannick Nezét-Séguin

09 Jun 2019 / in Reviews

“The program also featured the mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, in lovely voice, singing Henri Dutilleux’s “Le Temps l’Horloge” song cycle, completed in 2009, haunting music that retains refined French impressionist colorings while speaking a boldly modernist language. She also sang an alluringly sensual account of Ravel’s “Shéhérazade.”” New York Times “Chemistry between Leonard and Nézet-Séguin truly […]

Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera

06 Jun 2019 / in Reviews

“Leonard sang Blanche with an astonishing mixture of softness and backbone. She has steadily marched toward stardom at the Met, and the affinity between her and Nézet-Séguin is evolving into one of the company’s great artistic partnerships. Her voice is purest vicuña: warm, fine, and naturally colored. She can be slow to shed her poise […]