(She/Her) Praised for her “silvery, ethereal-sounding Sophie” by Opera magazine and “lovely vocal delicacy” in The Telegraph, Madison earned across-the-board rave reviews for her international debut in Der Rosenkavalier at Garsington Opera. In the 2021-22 season, she makes her debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Chrisann Brennan in The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs. She also sings excerpts of Lucia in concert with the Sacramento Philharmonic and joins Utah Opera as Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance.
Rising young soprano Madison Leonard is a 2018 winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, at which she sang arias from Rigoletto and Hänsel und Gretel with Bertrand de Billy conducting. In the 2019-20 season, she made her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto in a return to Seattle Opera and repeats Verdi’s tragic heroine with Austin Opera. On the concert stage, she returned to the Florida Orchestra for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and sang Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony. She added Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and the title role of Picker’s Emmeline to her repertoire for performances with North Carolina and Tulsa Opera, respectively, that were unfortunately cancelled by COVID-19.
Future engagements include a leading role and company debut with Dallas Opera, returns to Seattle Opera for her role debut as Adina in L’elisir d’amore as well as Austin Opera, and further debuts with Atlanta Opera and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Last season, she joined Seattle Opera as Chrisann Brennan in Bates’ The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs and Frasquita in Carmen.
She returned to Wolf Trap Opera for two role debuts: Ilia in Idomeneo and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and is a former Cafritz Young Artist of Washington National Opera, at which she sang Morgana in Alcina, the High Priestess in Aida, the Rose in Portman’s The Little Prince, and Little Zegner Sister in Mazzoli’s Proving Up.
She is a previous first place winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and an alumna of Pepperdine University and Northwestern University.