David Leigh

David Leigh(New York, New York)

2018–19 Season: Zuniga, Carmen 

A recent graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, bass David Leigh makes his San Francisco Opera and role debuts this summer as Zuniga in Carmen.

In the 2018–19 season, he also makes his Santa Fe Opera debut as the King in Poul Ruder’s The Thirteenth Child and his Canadian Opera Company debut as Turbo in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. He returns to the Bolshoi Theatre as Colline in La Bohème and subsequently debuts with Kentucky Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Dallas Opera in Manon Lescaut.

Last season saw his company and role debuts with the Bolshoi Theatre as Colline, and company debuts with Opéra National de Lorraine and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. At the Metropolitan Opera, he appeared as the Surintendant des Plaisirs in Cendrillon, and was presented in a joint recital at the Park Avenue Armory with mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo. Career highlights include debuts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Festival d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune as the Commendatore, Fafner in Siegfried with Cincinnati’s Queen City Opera, and the Verdi Requiem with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Leigh studied music composition at Yale University and holds master’s degrees in Voice and Opera from Mannes College and Yale School of Music, respectively. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the McCammon Competition at Fort Worth Opera, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2017 top prize from the Wagner Society of New York.