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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard Wins "Heisman Trophy" of Opera

Above: Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings Cherubino's aria "Non so più" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has been given the 2013 Richard Tucker Award, an accolade popularly dubbed the "Heisman Trophy of opera," according to the Associated Press. Each year the Richard Tucker Music Foundation grants the prestigious award, which carries a $30,000 prize, to "an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career." Past recipients of the award include soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Leonard has been highly acclaimed for her performances of the role of Cherubino in Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, a role that has come to be one of her signature roles. Leonard also is a regular performer at New York's Metropolitan Opera and other major opera houses around the world. Read more: 'Heisman Trophy of opera' Goes to Isabel Leonard (AP)