David Leigh's deep, visceral bass voice and intelligent singing have drawn acclaim throughout the United States. In the 2016-2017 season, he joins the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and makes debuts as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opera Luxembourg, and Florentine Opera.
In 2016 he was a grant winner in the McCammon Competition at Fort Worth Opera and a finalist in the Concorso Internacional Francisco Viñas; he is also the recipient of awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2015 National Semifinalist), and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
2015-2016 operatic engagements include his first season as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera and his Queen City Opera debut as Fafner in Siegfried. Concert engagements include his debut at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and a debut in the Verdi Reqiuem with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, as well as the recent New York City Opera Gala in honor of Julius Rudel with Fredericka Von Stade, Christine Goerke, Placido Domingo, and many others.
In addition to the Young Artist programs at Santa Fe and Ravinia, he is also an alumnus of the training programs at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Music Academy of the West, and Chautauqua Opera.
David comes from a family of artists: his father was a Tony Award-winning composer, his mother is a painter, and his sister is a multiple award-winning playwright. He studied music composition at Yale University and holds masters degrees in Voice and Opera (respectively) from Mannes College and Yale School of Music, from which he received the Harriet Gibbs Fox Prize.