While many singers move to New York City to seek their fortunes, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard never had to leave her backyard to find hers.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Leonardís preteen years included dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School before she enrolled at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Upon graduation, she headed just down the street to the Juilliard School, where she completed bachelorís and masterís degrees in music and earned the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
Since then she has launched an international career that has taken her to the Canadian Opera Company, the Opťra national de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, and other far reaches.
Amid her travels, though, she regularly returns to her hometown for engagements with the New York Philharmonic, concerts at Carnegie Hall, and frequent appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, where she debuted in 2007. This month she will sing ...
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