Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has appeared on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera in roles such 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 Vivaldi’s 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 leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and the Vienna Philharmonic with conductors including James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézét-Seguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Plácido Domingo, Edward Gardner, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Michele Mariotti, Harry Bicket, Andris Nelsons, and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2013 and was last heard in Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, part of the Symphony's Bernstein at 100 celebrations. Ms. Leonard can be heard on Grammy award-winning recordings of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges with Seiji Ozawa on Decca and Thomas Adès's The Tempest from the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon. She recently released an album of Spanish music, Alma Española, with guitarist Sharon Isbin on the Bridge label. Recipient of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award, Ms. Leonard is also on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall. She has joined the supporters of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to lend her voice in honor of her father who died from the disease.   

(November 2017)