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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has been named the recipient of the sixth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. She receives a $50,000 prize and is married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill. (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

  • atalaya

    I’m looking forward to her Rosina next season. Her Cherubino was very funny. Enjoyed her Dorabella. Great comedic and physical acting skills. Lovely voice.

  • Nerva Nelli

    A good musician with a pretty voice, good language skills and a lovely exterior. Always nice to hear her. But not much individuality that I can discern.

    They have yet to honor Lawrence Brownlee…

    At least it’s not Dancin’ Danielle.

    • OpinionatedNeophyte

      He did win Richard Tucker and the Met auditions….

  • Orlando Furioso

    Good choice, I think. But I hope they soon consider that

    They have yet to honor Lawrence Brownlee…

    and they have only another year or two to do so before he ages out of consideration for this award.

  • juilvoc

    i’m so happy for her. she deserves it so much!!!

  • bassoprofundo

    Brownlee deserves it much, much more.

    • Stewball

      WHEN are they going to give it to Robert Merrill?

  • She receives a $50,000 prize and is married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill.

    I agree. I think she needs to give up at least one of those prizes, it is only fair.

  • Arianna a Nasso

    There seems to be a shift in this award from a “coronation” of an established artist (DiDonato, Gunn, Polenzani, Relyea) to taking a bet on an emerging artist whom the Met is grooming (Phillips, Leonard). Following that line, I could see Meade getting it before Brownlee, who probably will have a more limited Met career anyway given his repertoire, which is less frequently presented at the Met.

  • Alto

    “… married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill.”

    Rhodes kill?

  • Lucky Pierre

    you bitches can have rhodes. i’ll take ta’u tupua.

  • MontyNostry

    I always get her mixed up with Kate Lindsay (though not with Kate Aldrich, for some reason) and Tamara Mumford. Attractive dark-haired lyric mezzos all.

  • Do translate Lucky Pierre -- no one north of the Bay of Islands speaks Maori although its one of the nicest sounding “practically dead languages” around.

    • Lucky Pierre

      sorry, it’s Ta’u Pupu’a.

      http://taupupua.com/Photos.php

      • MontyNostry

        Oh dear, the poor chap has a date lined up at the opera in Christchurch, NZ. Is there still an opera house in Christchurch?

        • CruzSF

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          24th February, 2011

          Thank you to all for your messages of concern and support. The Southern Opera offices are currently not operational, however, at this stage all staff and, to our knowledge, our chorus members are safe.

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  • mia apulia

    Perhaps there is great “promise”, but I heard Leonard in Périchole in Bordeaux a couple years ago. She sang neatly, but with little chest and without any particular personality (as previously mentioned). A slender presence in a theater much smaller than the Met.

    • I post this clip because I think it illustrates your well made point:

      httpv://www.youtube.com/user/OedipusTyrannus#p/search/9/A8vTq0CCqfY

      • well that didn’t work. Try again:

        httpv://www.youtube.com/user/OedipusTyrannus#p/search/9/A8vTq0CCqfY

    • Here it is.

  • Lily Bart

    Congratulations Isabel!

    I have heard her in several different venues and her voice is luscious. Before seeing her Dorabella at the Met last November, I feared she might not be able to fill the house. But she was more than fine and really the highlight of a rather drab revival.