David Leigh's deep, visceral voice and intelligent singing have drawn acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. In the 2017-18 season, he makes company debuts with the Opéra National de Lorraine and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He returns to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera for a second season, where he will sing the role of Le Surintendant des Plaisirs in Laurent Pelly's production of Massenet's Cendrillon under the baton of Bertrand de Billy.
On the concert stage he makes his debut with Washington Choral Arts Society conducted by Music Director Antony Walker in Rossini's Stabat Mater. During the 2016-17 season, he debuted at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Florentine Opera and the Festival d'Opéra Baroque de Beaune as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni.
Other recent highlights include the role of Fafner in Wagner's Siegfried with Cincinnati's Queen City Opera and the Verdi Requiem with the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. He has appeared with the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, as well as the recent New York City Opera Gala in honor of Julius Rudel with Frederica von Stade, Christine Goerke, Plácido Domingo, and others.
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 master’s degrees in Voice and Opera (respectively) from Mannes College and Yale School of Music, from which he received the Harriet Gibbs Fox Prize. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the McCammon Competition at Forth Worth Opera, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.