Famed for her feisty interpretations of both leading ladies, her European performances come hot on the heels of a terrific success as Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. “Isabel Leonard is a pitch-perfect Rosina” wrote Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, in the New York Times, “cute but sharp clawed, dispatching Rossini’s dizzying runs and ornaments with stenciled precision.” Wilborn Hampton, reviewing her Met performance in the Huffington Post, wrote “Leonard is simply a joy to watch and hear….she is a splendid actress, always engaged in a scene, and full of small gestures or business that brings her character to life. Fetching and winsome, Leonard’s Rosina also can be mischievous and headstrong, a woman who will get her way no matter what and whom one would not want to cross. She has a lovely and lilting coloratura voice that is as clear as crystal in the upper register, as she demonstrates in her opening cavatina ‘Una voce poco fa.’ And her distinctive phrasing compliments the character she creates.”
Isabel sings Rosina in Vienna on 16 and 19 February and she will sing Angelina in Munich on 1, 3 and 7 March 2015.