David Leigh studied music composition as an undergraduate and holds masters degrees in Voice and Opera (respectively) from Mannes College and the Yale School of Music, where he received the Harriet Gibbs Fox Prize. His deep, visceral bass voice and intelligent singing have drawn acclaim throughout the United States. In the 2016-2017 season, he joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera and made 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. He was a 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 and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
David has been an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera and made 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 is currently serving as a mentor in the SAMI program.