Isabel Leonard is a native New Yorker and received both her bachelor and master’s of music at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Edith Bers. She has also studied with Marilyn Horne, Brian Zeger, Warren Jones, Margo Garrett, Denise Massé, and Janine Reiss. She is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Leonard returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Doraballa in Così fan tutte under James Levine, which will also be broadcast in HD in the spring of 2014. Ms. Leonard makes her debuts at San Francisco Opera, the LyricOpera of Chicago, and Dallas Opera in the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In concert, she will appear at Carnegie Hall’s Marilyn Horne Song Celebration and with Nathan and Julie Gunn at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. These current performances mark her San Francisco Symphony debut.
Metropolitan Opera audiences recently heard Ms. Leonard in two role debuts during the 2012-13 season: as Miranda in Adès’s The Tempest and as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She appeared in the Met’s English-version of The Barber of Seville, which was broadcast internationally in HD. Last season she also made her role and company debuts as Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Canadian Opera Company. In recital, Ms. Leonard was featured in her Zankel Hall recital debut at Carnegie Hall and in performances at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, and with San Francisco Performances. She gave her first performances of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and closed the season in Japan at the Saito Kinen Festival, where she performed the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Concepcion in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole.