A Night of Opera with Isabel Leonard

Friday, July 29 | 7pm

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📍Classical Tahoe Pavilion

⏱ approx. 1 hr 20 min (including intermission)

🎻 Orchestra

Concert At A Glance

  • Many Classical Tahoe musicians play in renowned opera orchestras around the world. Hear them play selections from beloved operas in this special performance.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard joins us to transport you to the opera for a night you’ll never forget. (Fun fact: You also may recognize Isabel from the season 43 finale of Sesame Street in Murray Monster’s “People in Your Neighborhood’ segment, or as a regular host of The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts).
  • Most famous for his opera Carmen, Bizet wrote his Symphony in C when he was just 17 years old!

What You'll Hear


Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino 

Gioachino Antonio Rossini: “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

Giacomo Puccini: “Intermezzo” from Manon Lescaut 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Voi che sapete” from Le nozze di Figaro
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano 

Georges Bizet: Prelude, Habanera and Seguidilla from Carmen
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

– Intermission – 

Georges Bizet: Symphony in C 

Featured Artists

Classical Tahoe Orchestra

 The Classical Tahoe Orchestra is composed of 70 of the most prominent musicians from major orchestras around the world, including the MET Opera, SF Opera, Zurich Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, and symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Houston, and more. 

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David Chan, conductor

David Chan is Classical Tahoe’s guest conductor for Week 2. Known as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation, David Chan is also quickly making a name for himself as an elegant conductor of unusual interpretive depth.  The 2021-22 season marks not only his 22nd as concertmaster of New York’s MET Orchestra, but also his fifth as the inaugural Music Director of the APEX Ensemble (formerly the Montclair Orchestra), with which he has already earned high praise for innovative and adventurous programming, and his fourth as Music Director of Camerata Notturna, one of New York City’s foremost chamber orchestras.  He also serves as Artistic Partner of Mainly Mozart’s prestigious Festival of Orchestras, for which he recently conducted an entire festival combining musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and another series bringing together members of the MET Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

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 Nico Muhly, she has graced the stages of the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix-en-Provence Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), La Cenerentola (Angelina), Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Don Giovanni (Zerlina/Donna Elvira), La clemenza di Tito (Sesto), Werther (Charlotte), Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche de la Force), Griselda (Costanza), La bohème (Musetta), Giulio Cesare (Sesto), and the title roles in CarmenLa Périchole, CendrillonMarnie, and Der Rosenkavalier.

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