Rising young soprano Madison Leonard joins the Washington National Opera as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program where she will sing High Priestess in Aida and The Rose in Portman’s The Little Prince. Additionally, she will sing Morgana for the young artist performance of Alcina and Zegner Sister 1 in Missy Mazzoli’s new opera, Proving Up as a part of the American Opera Initiative Festival.
Madison makes her debut with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist this summer, where she will sing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the National Orchestral Institute as well as Madeline in Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher and the Daughter in Glass’ The Juniper Tree.
During the 2016-17 season, Madison debuted professionally as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Amarillo Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera Idaho and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Coeur d’Alene. In concert, she performed opera favorites with the Florida Orchestra and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Masterworks Chorus.
With the prestigious Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera, she sang Monica in Menotti’s The Medium as well as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel for the program’s annual Grand Finale Concert while also covering Norina in Don Pasquale. She is also a former young artist of Des Moines Metro Opera, for which she covered Nannetta in Falstaff and sang Musetta in scenes of La bohème. She has also sung Handel’s Messiah in Neenah, Wisconsin.
She is a 2017 second place winner of the Northwest region for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first place winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition.
Additionally, she received the Women’s Voice Fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation and scholarships from the Lynn Harvey Foundation and the Musicians Club of Women.
She holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where she sang her first performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro as well as Madame Herz in The Impresario, Ginevra in Ariodante, Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge, Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and her first performances of Mozart's Requiem. She received her Bachelor of Music from Pepperdine University where her performances included Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Despina in Così fan tutte.