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Isabel Leonard


Highly acclaimed for her "passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty," the multiple Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.  In repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Thomas Ades, she has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera in Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Dialogues des Carmélites, Griselda, La Périchole and Der Rosenkavalier, La clemenza di Tito and Giulio Cesare.  She has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time:  James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Andris Nelsons, and Harry Bicket with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Vienna Philharmonic, among others.  Ms. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall.  She is a recent Grammy Award winner for Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges with Seiji Ozawa on Decca (Best Opera Recording) and the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award.  She recently joined the supporters of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to lend her voice in honor of her father who died from the disease when she was in college.




Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack has been acclaimed for her "caramel timbre, flickering vibrato, and crisp articulation" (Opernwelt) as she "hurls fast notes like a Teresa Berganza or a Frederica von Stade" (San Francisco Chronicle). In the 2016-2017 season, Daniela Mack made her Royal Opera House - Covent Garden debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and her Metropolitan Opera debut in Mary Zimmerman's new production of Rusalka as the Kitchen Boy. She debuts with the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under Alan Gilbert and the Florida Grand Opera as the title role in Carmen. She returns to Arizona Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola and Santa Fe Opera as Bradamante in Alcina. Recently, she was seen at the San Francisco Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and created the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek's JFK at the Fort Worth Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Mack debuted with three orchestras under Charles Dutoit: Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Ravel's L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges, Boston Symphony Orchestra in L'heure espagnole, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Falla's Three-Cornered Hat. She also debuted with the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Rossini's Giovanna d'Arco under James Gaffigan and performed Vivaldi's Judith triumphans with Boston Baroque. Daniela Mack is an alumna of the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera where she has appeared as Idamante in Idomeneo and performed La Cenerentola as a member of the Merola Opera Program. Ms. Mack was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.




Winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award, American soprano Tamara Wilson makes a number of important debuts in the 2016-2017 season which include her Bayerische Staatsoper debut and Opernhaus Zurich debut with Fabio Luisi as Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo and her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, a role she will also sing at Florida Grand Opera. She returns to Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu as Leonora in Il trovatore,  her first performances as Elvira in Ernani at Théâtre du Capitole, and debuts in Amsterdam as Lucrezia Contarini in I due Foscari with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. Following her triumph in Act 3 of Die Walküre with Mark Wiggleworth and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ms. Wilson returned to the BBC Proms for Verdi's Messa da Requiem with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She also sings the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestra de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin. She makes her Atlanta Symphony debut in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, North Carolina Symphony debut in Britten's War Requiem, Malaysian Philharmonic debut conducted by Mark Wigglesworth in Verdi and Wagner, and a return to the Oregon Symphony for Mahler's Symphony No. 2.  Ms. Wilson adds to her Wagner repertoire when she sings Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder with the Milwaukee Symphony conducted by Asher Fish and Act 3 of Die Walküre as Sieglinde for her debut with Andrey Zhilikovskythe Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. She recently made a highly-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida and her London debut in Calixto Bieto's new production of La forza del destino at the English National Opera for which she received an Olivier Award nomination.

Upcoming Events

  • Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital: <em>A</em> <em>Tribute to Leonard Bernstein</em> Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

    The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano pays homage to Leonard Bernstein, who was a pivotal force in translating and transforming the European song cycle and oratorio tradition into an American idiom that can be related to by all. Isabel Leonard precedes her turn as Rosina in WNO's production of The Barber of Seville with this intimate concert.  

  • Washington National Opera: <em>The Barber of Seville</em> Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

    "Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.

Isabel Leonard