Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard Wins “Heisman Trophy” of Opera
Above: Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings Cherubino’s aria “Non so più” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Each year the Richard Tucker Music Foundation grants the prestigious award, which carries a $30,000 prize, to “an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career.” Past recipients of the award include soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Leonard has been highly acclaimed for her performances of the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, a role that has come to be one of her signature roles. Leonard also is a regular performer at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and other major opera houses around the world.
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