On Spanish Art Song with Isabel Leonard

April 29, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Isabel Leonard in white sun dress leaning over the arm of an antique upholstered chair, laughing
Isabel Leonard (Photo: Dario Acosta)

An encore broadcast. Last summer, Isabel Leonard joined Oliver at the Santa Fe Opera festival. The GRAMMY Award–winning mezzo-soprano discussed her Argentine-American heritage, shared her passion for Spanish language art song, and traced career milestones leading up to her debut in the title role of Carmen. Learn more about Isabel Leonard’s upcoming joint recital with guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas at the Harris Theater HERE.

Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin perform “Polo” from Manuel de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs below.


All selections performed by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

Augustin Lara arr. Sharon Isbin: Granada
with Sharon Isbin, guitar
Alma Española
Bridge Records BCD9491

Joaquin Valverde: Clavelitos
Federico Garcia Lorca: “Los Pelegrenitos” from Canciones españolas antiguas
Enrique Granados: “Gracia mia” from Canciones amatorias
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones populares españolas
with Brian Zeger, piano
Delos DE-3468

Maurice Ravel: L’Enfant et les sortilèges
Part I, “Toi, le coeur de la rose…Deux robinets coulent dans un réservoir!”
with Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus
SKF Matsumoto Choir
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges & Shéhérazade
Decca 4786760

Xavier Montsalvatge arr. Isbin:  Cinco canciones negras 
No. 4. Cancion de Cuna para dormir a un negrito
No. 5. Canto Negro
with Sharon Isbin, guitar
Alma Española
Bridge Records BCD-9491