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SFGate: Mahler and Mozart with Michael Tilson Thomas

25 Nov 2017 / in Reviews

“Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard did double duty, coming in to sing the finale of the Mahler in gilt-edged phrases after concluding the first half of the concert with a crisp, warmly expressive account of Mozart’s early motet “Exsultate, jubilate.” Leonard imparted a wealth of unusual new colorations to both works, injecting just a tinge of earthiness […]

The Cliburn at the Kimbell

19 Nov 2017 / in Reviews

“Leonard has an outstanding résumé, having sung with opera companies from Fort Worth to Santa Fe, Paris to the Met, as well as with an impressive array of orchestras. It was easy to see why, as soon as she opened her mouth to sing. Throughout her almost two-hour recital, Leonard displayed an agile, versatile voice, […]

Alma Española reviews

23 Oct 2017 / in Reviews

“Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin illuminate Spanish art songs in orbit around Lorca and Falla by mixing popular favourites and surprising discoveries with two jewelled pieces for solo guitar.  In each of the nine Lorca songs, reflecting the poet/composer’s commitment to speaking with the voices and instruments of the people, Leonard and Isbin find and intensify their […]

West Side Story in Philadelphia

14 Oct 2017 / in Reviews

“Her deeply colored Latin tone eloquently lined up behind the lyrics. You wouldn’t expect such a tone-heavy voice to nail lighter moments, such as “I Feel Pretty,” but she did — in the best rendition of that song I’ve ever heard.” The Inquirer

Birthday tribute to Leonard Bernstein

03 Oct 2017 / in Reviews

Leonard, who has shown her prowess with this material as recently as last month’s performances of the song cycle “Arias and Barcarolles” with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, delivered all of it with a loving, tender air. Her singing is dark and velvety, with a full-bodied physicality that can taper at will […]