Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-Soprano

Managers
Nathan Wentworth
Tim Fox
Territory
Worldwide
Press Resources
“Leonard is a true treasure . . . immensely talented and charismatic . . . already one of the world’s leading artists though still relatively early in her career.”
Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review - Recital at Carnegie Hall

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. In repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Nico Muhly, she has graced the stages of the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Charlotte in Werther, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Costanza in Griselda, the title roles in La Périchole and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Sesto in both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time: Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézét-Seguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Plácido Domingo, Edward Gardner, James Levine, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Michele Mariotti, Harry Bicket, Andris Nelsons, and Michael Tilson Thomas with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Vienna Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, among others. Ms. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall. She is a multiple Grammy Award winner, most recently for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges on Decca (2016) and The Tempest from The Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon (2014), both Best Opera Recording. Television and film appearances include Sesame Street and host for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD movie theater transmissions. Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and has lent her voice, in honor of her father who died from the disease, to the Prostate Cancer Foundation by filming a public service announcement (PSA). This season she makes debuts at Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Charlotte in Werther, Dutch National Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cincinnati Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and The Glimmerglass Festival as Maria in The Sound of Music. In concert, she will sing L'enfant et les sortilèges with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony, Shéhérazade with the New York Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and La damnation de Faust with the Saint Louis Symphony. Additional performances include a concert with the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and a recital at the University of Connecticut.

“[Isabel Leonard] was a major reason to be there. 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.”
David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer - Maria in 'West Side Story' at the Philadelphia Orchestra
“Leonard, so appealing as Rosina in Lyric's 2013-14 Rossini "Barber of Seville," was even more appealing as Angelina. The mezzo has the vocal and physical beauty, the natural stage charisma, the sure dramatic instincts, to win all hearts from the outset. She also commands the coloratura agility, flexibility and precision to satisfy the role's stiff technical demands and graceful bel canto lines. Rossini does his rags-to-riches heroine no favors by placing her florid showpiece, "Non piu mesta," at the end of a long, vocally taxing opera. But Leonard sailed through the tricky roulades, runs and other embellishments with grace and aplomb, making Angelina's joy at being united with her prince palpable in every ornate flourish.”
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune - Angelina in 'La Cenerentola' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Isabel Leonard’s role debut as Adalgisa, Norma’s acolyte/BFF/rival, was equally nuanced and complete. Leonard is perhaps the finest acting singer we’ve had on the COC stage for some time, and those theatrical chops, combined with her thrilling, beautifully expressive voice, made her an absolutely riveting character every time she stepped on stage. She was able to match Radvanovsky run for run, emotion for emotion – no easy feat.”
Robert Harris, Toronto Globe and Mail - Adalgisa in 'Norma' at the Canadian Opera Company
Upcoming Performances

12/3/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

12/6/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

12/10/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

12/12/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

12/16/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

12/18/2019 |

Het Muziektheater

Amsterdam,

2/8/2020 |

Music Hall - Springer Auditorium

Cincinnati, OH

3/14/2020 |

Powell Symphony Hall Auditorium

St. Louis, MO

4/15/2020 | 07:00 PM

Jorgensen Auditorium

Storrs, CT

5/10/2020 |

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco, CA

7/11/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

7/18/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

7/21/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

7/23/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

7/30/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/1/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/3/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/9/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/14/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/17/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/20/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/23/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY

8/25/2020 |

The Alice Busch Opera Theater

Cooperstown, NY