Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin Duo Recital
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Reserved Tickets: $40 (balcony) | $45 (orchestra) | No charge to Four Arts Members
All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Please note: Gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie to evening performances.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard’s expressive intensity, impeccable technique, and charisma have been cited by critics around the world, while Sharon Isbin is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of Spanish guitar music. Leonard and Isbin come together to form a power duo guaranteed to thrill audiences in a program of Spanish music for voice and guitar. This is a must-see concert!

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Read the New York Times review of their 2015 Carnegie Hall performance

About Isabel Leonard

Highly acclaimed for her passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty, Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. sharonisbinIn repertoire that spans Vivaldi to Mozart to Thomas Adès, she has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. She has performed as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Blanche de la Force in
Dialogues des carmélites, Costanza in Griselda, the title role in La Périchole, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Sesto in both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Isabel Leonard has appeared with some of the foremost conductors and orchestras of her time: James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Andris Nelsons, and Harry Bicket; with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees. She is a recent Grammy Award winner for Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest” (Best Opera Recording) and the recipient of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award.

Watch an excerpt of Isabel Leonard  on “Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration.”


About Sharon Isbin

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple-Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has appeared as soloist with more than 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls. Winner of the Madrid, Toronto, and Munich competitions and Guitar Player’s Best Classical Guitarist award, she served as artistic director and soloist of festivals she created for New York’s 92nd Street Y and the acclaimed national radio series “Guitarjam.” A frequent guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” she has been on the cover of more than 45 magazines, profiled on CBS “Sunday Morning” and A&E, and featured as soloist in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film“The Departed.” On September 11, 2002, Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial. In November 2009, she performed a concert at the White House by invitation of the President and First Lady, and was the only classical artist to perform in the 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony. Her 2015 television performances on PBS include the Billy Joel: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, Tavis Smiley, and American Public Television’s one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, which was seen by millions on nearly 200 PBS stations across the U.S. and released on DVD / Blu-ray by Video Artists International.

Watch a 4-minute excerpt from the documentary produced by Susan Dangel


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