Isabel Leonard Headlines Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington National Opera is set to present the Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The opera, which will be presented in a production by Francesca Zambello, will be conducted by Evan Rogister.

The production will mark the role debut of Isabel Leonard in the role of Carmen. Regarding her highly anticipated debut the singer said, “I am thrilled to do Carmen! Ever since I knew what opera was, I knew who Carmen was. It is always daunting to do roles that are so well known, but I am excited to get into her shoes and bring my Spanish blood to her character!”

She will be joined by Colombian American soprano Vanessa Vasquez in her return to WNO as Micaëla, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green in the role of Escamillo, and tenor Michael Fabiano as Don José in his highly anticipated company debut.

Two special Cafritz Young Artists Performances of “Carmen” will take place on May 15 and 27; these showcases will feature singers from the Young Artist program in principal roles.

“Carmen” opens on May 14 and runs through May 25, 2022.