Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Three-time Grammy Award winning artist Isabel Leonard has established herself as one of the most in
demand performers as a star on the world’s leading stages and screens.
The 2021–2022 season saw her return to The Metropolitan Opera in her role debut as Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, a return to the role of Cherubino in the Richard Eyre production of Le nozze di Figaro, and in the title role in Laurent Pelly’s production of Cinderella. The 2020 – 2021 season saw Ms. Leonard’s role debut as Musetta in James Robinson’s production of La bohème with Palm Beach Opera, as Maria in West Side Story with Opera Naples, and an All-Star concert with Austin Opera which was broadcast on PBS.
Highlights of Ms. Leonard’s career include the title roles in Carmen, La Périchole, Cendrillon, Marnie,
and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola,
Cherubuno in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni,
Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Charlotte in Werther, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites,
Costanza in Griselda, Musetta in La bohème, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare.
Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar," Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. He has been recognized by international press as the successor of Andrés Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world. His "virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance" (The New York Times) make him one of the most acclaimed soloists by prestigious conductors, orchestras and festivals.
Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has appeared on some of the world’s most prominent stages including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He has played in more than 40 countries and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Spain.
Billboard Magazine named him “the global ambassador of Spanish guitar” and as a passionate promoter of the development of new repertoire, he has made numerous world premieres including the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams. Sáinz-Villegas thrives in a continuous search for innovative ways to inspire communities, based on his belief that “music is an ideal tool to humanize this world." As a lifelong dreamer, educator, and philanthropist he has reached more than 35,000 children and youth through his non-profit ‘The Music Without Borders Legacy’ and through his various Artist-In-Residence collaborations with
orchestras and festivals.