What she's singing with us: She'll be making her COC debut singing the trouser role of Sesto, Tito's best friend and lovestruck betrayer, in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito.
Where you might have seen her: Isabel Leonard is a Metropolitan Opera regular in such roles as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte).
Interviews and profiles: The uber-stylish W Magazine called her "Opera's It Girl" in this 2009 Q&A, and the Washington Post, calling her "the whole package," raved that "whatever the 'package' is, Isabel Leonard has it: looks, stagecraft and a pleasing midweight mezzo-soprano voice that can be sultry or floating, and moves with astounding ease." This 2010 New York Times profile discusses the special vocal and performance challenges she experienced after giving birth to her son Teo, and in the feature "Warm Up" with WQXR, she reveals the details of her pre-performance routine.
Sneak preview: Large portions of a 2009 Così fan tutte at the Salzburg festival are available on YouTube, including Leonard's performance of Dorabella's aria "Smanie implacabili." The aria begins at 1:55:
Photo of Isabel Leonard © Jared Slater.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001