Isabel Leonard and Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

The Conrad Prebys Foundation
Fall Season Sponsor

The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at
The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are now on sale to supporters and donors of San Diego Opera and LJMS. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date, if they are available.

Prices range from $44-$115.

To purchase tickets or for more information please call 619-533-7000.

San Diego Opera and La Jolla Music Society are excited to announce the co-presentation of mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas in concert on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm at The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

Isabel Leonard, one of today’s brightest opera stars, joins one of the world’s great guitar players for an intimate performance that will conjure the magnificent musical traditions of Spain. Back in October 2021, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas was invited by Peter Gelb of The Met Opera to join forces, in part, with opera superstar Isabel Leonard in a worldwide broadcast live from Versailles. Following its success, the two artists decided to work creatively to build out a special vocal-guitar program for a limited-run tour in the United States, featuring popular arias and songs beloved around the world.

Praised by Billboard as “the soul of the Spanish guitar”, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as today’s greatest guitarist. As described by The New York Times, his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” conjures the passion, playfulness, drama, and rich musical heritage of La Rioja, his homeland. His performances include appearances with the Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl.

Isabel Leonard is a Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano who has performed leading roles in every major opera house in the world including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and Vienna State Opera; as well as in concert on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival and The Kennedy Center. She is on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall. In 21/22 she returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Cendrillon and Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist), Washington National Opera for Come Home: A Celebration of Return and Carmen, and The Santa Fe Opera for Carmen.

“I’m thrilled to be presenting this concert by the esteemed mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. This will be the third time San Diego Opera has presented singers in the perfect acoustic of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall, but this is the first time for us to do so in partnership with the La Jolla Music Society, which I hope will be the beginning of an ongoing relationship,” shares San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett. This concert continues San Diego Opera’s mission of strategic partnerships with other San Diego cultural organizations including the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet, La Jolla Playhouse, Fern Street Circus, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, and more.

Meet The Cast

Isabel Leonard
Soloist

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas
Guitarist

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