Before the Washington National Opera’s La Cenerentola opening on Saturday (May 9, 2015), Isabel Leonard spoke with Mandolin Vision‘s Raisa Massuda about the opera, her upcoming Delos CD and more:
Mandolin Vision: Isabel, May 9th will mark your WNO debut in the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. In your opinion, what makes this production stand out?
Isabel Leonard: One of the many fun aspects of this production is the costumes! Lovely geometric and almost surreal interpretations of what would have been period costumes. Very fun!
M.V: Your new solo album of Spanish songs Preludios will be released in a few weeks. Congratulations! What inspired you to choose the genre of Spanish song for your album and what were the joys and challenges of creating this album?
Isabel Leonard: Thank you!!! As I am half Argentine, this music is all very near and dear to me. This album was all joy. Wonderful to put together and to record!