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Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Charlotte (Werther).

Leonard grew up in New York City and began singing in the Manhattan School of Music children’s chorus. She studied at the Juilliard School and with teachers including Marilyn Horne. She has won various awards, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Award and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award. She appears regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, including as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Charlotte (Werther), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Miranda (Thomas Adès’s The Tempest) and the title role in Nico Muhly’s Marnie. She has also sung for companies including Washington National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg festivals. Along with aforementioned roles her repertory includes Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Adalgisa (Norma), Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole) and Ada Monroe (Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain).

She appears regularly with the principal American orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and the Cleveland Orchestra with conductors such as Conlon, Dudamel, Gergiev, Nelsons, Salonen, Tilson Thomas and Welser-Möst. A popular recitalist, she has appeared in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and in New York at both the Zankel and Alice Tully Halls and is regularly partnered by guitarist Sharon Isbin. She appears on Grammy Award-winning recordings of Adès’sThe Tempest and Ravel’sL’Enfant et les sortilèges.