The “give it all you got” mantra was instilled in the performer by her mother, who never pushed Leonard into a life in the performing arts. However, when Leonard was accepted into Juilliard, her mother did give her one piece of advice.
“If you’re going to try and do this, you’re going to have to try one hundred percent,” Leonard recalled. “It’s best if you find out sooner than later if it’s going to work or not.”
It’s safe to say that it’s “worked” for Leonard, who has found that the only way to really succeed in opera, or in anything, is to find joy in the work. She’ll be debuting four new roles this upcoming season, including Charlotte in Werther and, in quite a surprising twist, she’ll be trying her musical theater chops on as she tackles Claire in On the Town. Of course, there’s also her new album, Preludios, a nod to her Argentinian heritage, which features Brian Zeger on the piano. In short, she’s found her stride.