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A great performance is about unique, versatile storytelling— and there may be no better representation of that than within the opera.

In the opera world, Isabel Leonard is “as good as it gets.” She is currently starring as Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Leonard made her debut at the Met when she was only 24 years old. Not only is she incredibly talented, she is also a young voice in a classical, traditional art form.

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Leonard explained why opera isn’t just for our parents or grandparents, but for anyone who can appreciate a compelling and beautifully told story.

“I think everybody loves a really good story and opera is full of incredible stories,” Leonard told Menendez. “It’s part of our history. It’s part of our culture and we can’t just ignore it and we can’t just let it disappear.”

Leonard believes opera is going through a sort of renaissance” hoping to capture a younger generation of opera-goers. How? Leonard says it starts with exposing kids to opera at an early age. It’s a mission she’s passionate about – going so far as to lend her voice to “Gertrude McFuzz,” where she sings a Dr. Seuss classic set to music by Rob Kapilow.

So can opera bridge the generation gap? With ambassadors like Leonard, today’s One Directioners could be tomorrow’s Mozart mavens.

Credit: Victoria Moreno and Johanna Rojas