Congratulations to Madison Leonard!

We are very proud to report that Madison Leonard, a current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, was named yesterday as one of five outright winners of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions competition, performing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera with the Met orchestra conducted by Maestro Bertrand de Billy. She sang Gilda’s notoriously difficult aria ‘Caro nome’ from Rigoletto, and Gretel’s aria from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

The five winners of the 2018 MONCA Grand Finals (Madison on the far right).

The five winners of the 2018 MONCA Grand Finals (Madison on the far right).

In the past month, Ms. Leonard has had a birthday, gotten married, been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Noseda, performed for President Macron at the White House State Dinner on April 25th, and been named one of the finest young singers in the country. This is an enormous achievement for her and a credit to the Domingo-Cafritz Program. Please join us in sending her the heartiest congratulations!