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Pelléas et Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera

21 Jan 2019 / in Reviews

“Leonard rose slowly from the ground as the music itself floated upward, a nice touch for a character who appears from nowhere and has no discernible past, even to herself. Leonard and Ketelsen were excellent, their voices two of the most colorful elements of the evening. Her quasi-affectless manner and his grounded masculine intensity were […]

“From the Diary of Anne Frank” with the San Francisco Symphony

23 Nov 2018 / in Reviews

“Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard proved a great choice to speak the deeply affecting thoughts and prayers of the beloved 13-year-old girl. Originally commissioned by UNICEF for Audrey Hepburn to premiere at MTT’s New World Symphony, “From the Diary of Anne Frank” is well-suited to Leonard’s firm, womanly tone. Sweetly innocent but also remarkably mature, her interpretation […]

Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera

21 Oct 2018 / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard was the star of the night. She’s had her share of major successes at the Met, but this one tops them all. She owned the stage when she was on it; and she was on it almost the entire time. She WAS Marnie.” Operawire “The title role is a fine vehicle for Isabel […]

Tanglewood’s Bernstein Celebration

28 Aug 2018 / in Reviews

“Five numbers from the semi-staged “West Side Story” were, of course, an audience favorite. Isabel Leonard and Jessica Vosk created an outstanding duet as Maria and Anita” iBerkshires

WNO Opera Gala Concert review

22 May 2018 / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard, Rosina in WNO’s just-ended “Barber of Seville,” offers an exquisite package, beautiful and polished and accurate both of voice and of person” The Washington Post “Oddly enough, the vocal highlight of the gala came not from LuPone but from two fine young opera singers, both by a curious coincidence named Leonard. Isabel Leonard […]