Isabel LeonardMezzo-soprano
John AridaPiano

Isabel Leonard

Sunday, October 1, 2017 | 7pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



All BERNSTEIN Centennial Program

A Little Bit in Love from Wonderful Town
My House from Peter Pan
I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
My Twelve Tone Melody (Written for Irving Berlin’s 100th birthday)
What a Movie! from Trouble in Tahiti
I Hate Music (A cycle of five kids songs)
So Pretty (1968 anti-war song first performed by Barbra Streisand)
I'm a Person Too (A cycle of five kids songs)
Peter, Peter from Peter Pan
Something’s Coming from West Side Story
Maria from West Side Story
Piccola Serenata (1979 song for Karl Böhm’s 85th birthday)
Lonely Town from On the Town
To What You Said from Songfest
There Is a Garden from Trouble in Tahiti
It Must Be So from Candide
Greeting from Arias and Barcarolles
Take Care of This House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Some Other Time from On the Town


A Little Bit in Love from Wonderful Town
Somewhere from West Side Story

Performance Sponsors

This presentation is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About This Performance

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will pay homage to Leonard Bernstein, who was a pivotal force in translating and transforming the European song cycle and oratorio tradition into an American idiom that can be related to by all.

Performer Biographies

Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” the multiple Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. In repertoire that spans from 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, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Charlotte in Werther, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Costanza in Griselda, the title roles in La Périchole and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Sesto in both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time: James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézét-Seguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Plácido Domingo, Edward Gardner, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Michele Mariotti, Harry Bicket, Andris Nelsons, and Michael Tilson Thomas with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Vienna Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, among others. Ms. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall. She is a multiple Grammy Award winner, most recently for Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with Seiji Ozawa on Decca and The Tempest from the Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon, both Best Opera Recording. Ms. Leonard is the recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and joined the supporters of the Prostate Cancer Foundation to lend her voice in honor of her father who died from the disease when she was in college. This season, she appears at the Metropolitan Opera (Le nozze di Figaro), Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera (La Cenerentola), and Washington National Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In concert, she performs Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with Charles Dutoit and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, Ms. Leonard will perform Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as her first performances of Maria in West Side Story in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. To further commemorate the Bernstein centennial, Ms. Leonard will give an all-Bernstein recital celebrating his music for the stage, screen, and concert stage in New York, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Chapel Hill, and Washington DC.

John Arida is a pianist and coach based in New York City and specializing in both opera and art song. For his performance in Central City Opera’s 2017 summer season “Double Bill,” he was praised as the “true unsung hero of the evening” in particular noting that without his “stamina and surety”, the one-act pairing would not have been “the charming success” that it was. His 2017–18 season includes two recital tours: one with mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard and one with soprano Julia Bullock, as well as staff positions at the Juilliard School and Central City Opera. During the 2016–17 season he appeared in recital with soprano Julia Bullock at the Rochester Lyric Opera and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino at Opera Delaware’s Sunday Artist Spotlight series. Past season credits include staff pianist at the Juilliard School, Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, the Prototype Festival where he prepared the New York premiere of anatomy theater by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang in New York City and the Castleton Festival. Past notable performances include Carnegie Hall, a recital debuts with Isabel Leonard in Mexico and soprano Simone Osborne in Toronto. He has performed with Sir James Galway in the live-streamed memorial tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel and worked with Peter Sellars on Kaija Saariaho’s “la Passion de Simone” for the orchestral academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Ojai Festival. Arida holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Juilliard as well as a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase.

Isabel Leonard in Il Barbiere di Siviglia