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Madison Leonard


A native of Idaho, soprano Madison Leonard joins WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall for WNO’s 2017–2018 season. In WNO 2017–2018 season, she sang the High Priestess in Aida and will sing Morgana in Alcina (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance), The Rose in The Little Prince, and Littler Zegner Sister in the world premiere of Proving Up. In the summer of 2017, she made her debut with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist, singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Madeline in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher and the Daughter in Glass’s The Juniper Tree. In the 2016–2017 season, she sang 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 San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, she sang Monica in Menotti’s The Medium and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel while covering Norina in Don Pasquale. She is also a former Young Artist of Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered Nannetta in Falstaff and sang Musetta in scenes of La bohème. She is a 2017 second place winner of the Northwest region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first place winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. A recipient of 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 and a Bachelor of Music from Pepperdine University.