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Performer: Isabel Leonard

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UnknownWorld Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act I

World Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act I
Beethoven, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Donizetti, Korngold, Traditional Russian
New National Theatre; Isabel Leonard; Chuma Sijeqa; Yaritza Véliz
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Louis Langrée makes his New York Philharmonic debut

Louis Langrée © A. J. Waltz

Three of the pieces that Louis Langrée conducted in his New York Philharmonic debut concerts were similarly atmospheric and impressionistic, stealing each other’s thunder. Happily, the Scriabin was cathartic.

***11
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Philadelphia Orchestra conjures sorcerers and spells

Isabel Leonard © Deniz Saylan
Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges made up for an uneven first half that jumped from Mozart to Harry Potter.
***11
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Cinderella's pink dream: La Cenerentola in Amsterdam

Lawrence Brownlee (Don Ramiro) and Isabel Leonard (Cenerentola) © Matthias Baus | DNO 2019
At Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Laurent Pelly stages Cenenrentola as a pink daydream.
****1
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Massenet the arch-romantic: Werther returns to Covent Garden

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Edward Gardner brings out the Wagner influence in Massenet's opulent score, Juan Diego Flórez give a persuasive performance in the title role.
***11
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Nézet-Séguin and the Met Orchestra in French repertoire

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans Van Der Woerd
Isabel Leonard demonstrated her keen sense of language and a wonderful lack of affectation in both scores she sung.
****1
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Faith and anguish: Carmélites at the Met

Erin Morley (Constance) and Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
An unforgettable evening at the Met as John Dexter's production of Poulenc's masterpiece is revived to close the season. 
****1
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