Mezzo soprano <b>Isabel Leonard</b> has been acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty.” In the 2012-2013 season, Metropolitan Opera audiences heard Leonard in two role debuts: as Miranda in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest and as Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites. She also appeared as Rosina in the English version of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. This season also brought a role debut with the Canadian Opera Company: Sesto in Christopher Alden’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. In the spring of 2013, Leonard was featured in recital at the University of Notre Dame, at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, with San Francisco Performances, and at Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. She made her Zankel Hall Recital debut in April. Leonard closes the season in Japan at the Saito Kinen Festival, where she will perform the title role in L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Concepcion in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole, with Seiji Ozawa conducting.
June 6-8, 2013