Conductor Carlo Ponti and the Festival Orchestra NAPA are joined by two of opera’s most exciting young stars – tenor Michael Fabiano and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard – for an unforgettable night of arias and duets. 

Fabiano, whom the San Francisco Chronicle called “the hardest working opera singer in show business” and a singer “with a muscular and mellifluous tenor voice,” has earned raves for his performances at major houses like the Met and San Francisco Opera, where last month he starred in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Praised by The New York Times for her “consistently gorgeous tone and elegant demeanor,” Isabel Leonard has wowed critics and audiences from New York to Vienna. She won a 2013 Grammy Award for Thomas Adès’ opera The Tempest.

Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” the Grammy Award winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.  Commanding a repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Thomas Ades, she has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With the San Francisco Opera, she has performed such noted roles as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella inCosi fan tutte, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, the title roles in GriseldaLa Périchole, and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Sesto in both Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare.

She has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time:  James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Andris Nelsons, and Harry Bicket with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among many others.

WHEN: Sunday, July  24th

WHERE: Lincoln Theater in Yountville, 100 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599

HOW: For more information about the Opera Gala, click here.


Music and the arts are vital to every child’s education. Ensuring the youth of Napa County have access to both the arts and arts education is central to Festival Napa Valley’s mission. Over the past four years, Festival Napa Valley™ has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to local schools and non-profit arts organizations. In recent years, gifts include $200,000 to support Napa County public school K-12 visual and performing arts programs, a $50,000 grant to underwrite Napa Valley Unified School District’s first-ever arts education master plan, $45,000 in scholarship funds for performers in the Bouchaine Young Artists Series, a $34,000 grant to support Salvador Elementary’s Artful Learning program, and $41,000 in scholarship funds for Napa Valley Youth Symphony students.

The arts are an invaluable tool to bring communities together. Each season festival artists offer free workshops, master classes and performances to local students, artists and teachers.

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Concert is part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

Festival Orchestra NAPA’s appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards