Isabel Leonard

Winner of the 2013 Richard Tucker award, often referred to as the "Heisman Trophy of opera," American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard makes her San Francisco Opera debut in a role she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Opera Colorado. Career highlights include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Metropolitan Opera; Ruggiero (Alcina), Zerlina, and the title role of La Perichole in Bordeaux; Cherubino at the Glyndebourne Festival; Sesto (Giulio Cesare) and Cherubino with Paris Opera; Costanza (Vivaldi’s Griselda) and Cherubino with the Santa Fe Opera; Cherubino at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Dorabella at the Salzburg Festival; the title role of La Cenerentola with Fort Worth Opera; and Zerlina with Chicago Opera Theatre. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Recent and upcoming engagements include Miranda (The Tempest) and Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Metropolitan Opera, Sesto with the Canadian Opera Company, and the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Concepcion (L’Heure Espagnole) at Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival.