The Kennedy Center

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, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera 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 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 some of the foremost conductors of her time: Valery Gergiev, 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 with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. Ms. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall. She is a multiple Grammy® Award winner, most recently for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with Seiji Ozawa on Decca and The Tempest from the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon, both Best Opera Recording. Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and 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. This season, she appears at the Metropolitan Opera (Le nozze di Figaro), Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera (La Cenerentola), and Washington National Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In concert, she performs Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with Charles Dutoit and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
To celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, Ms. Leonard will perform Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as her first performances of Maria in West Side Story in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet- Séguin. To further commemorate the Bernstein centennial, Ms. Leonard will give an all-Bernstein recital celebrating his music for the stage, screen, and concert stage in New York, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Chapel Hill, and Washington DC. She sings SongFest with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and will sing excerpts from West Side Story with the Boston Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas at Tanglewood on August 25, 2018, Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.