Noted as a “blond hunk with a bright tenor sound,” Chad Johnson has been impressing audiences and critics throughout his career. Mr. Johnson’s most recent engagements include Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles with both Virginia Opera and Opera Carolina; Ruggiero in La Rondine with Fresno Grand Opera; Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera; Emilio in Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera; the Duke in Rigoletto with Pensacola Opera; and the role of Lance in the rarely performed Gluck opera, L’Arbre Enchanté, as part of Fire Island Opera’s inaugural season. Up next, Chad performs the role of Niklaus Sprink in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Silent Night.
|Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi||Tebaldo|
|Berlioz||Beatrice et Benedict||Benedict|
|Bizet||Les Pecheurs de Perles||Nadir|
|Britten||A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Lysander|
|Albert Herring||Albert Herring|
|The Rape of Lucretia||Male Chorus|
|The Turn of the Screw||Peter Quint|
|Cimarosa||Il Matrimonio Segreto||Paolino|
|La Fille du Regiment||Tonio|
|Lucia di Lammermoor||Edgardo|
|Romeo et Juliette||Romeo|
|Lehar||Die Lustige Witwe||Camille de Rosillon|
|Massenet||Cendrillon||Le Prince Charmant|
|Mozart||Cosi fan tutte||Ferrando|
|Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail||Belmonte|
|Don Giovanni||Don Ottavio|
|Il Sogno di Scipione||Emilio|
|Poulenc||Dialogues des Carmelites||Chevalier de la Force|
|Rossini||Il Barbiere di Siviglia||Count Almaviva|
|Strauss, J.||Die Fledermaus||Alfred|
|Stravinsky||The Rake’s Progress||Tom Rakewell|
|Mass in G Major|
|Mass in B minor|
|St. John Passion|
|St. Matthew Passion|
|Symphony No. 9|
|Romeo et Juliette|
|Britten||Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings|
|Elgar||Dream of Gerontius|
|Lord Nelson Mass|
|Mendelssohn||Die Erst Walpurgisnacht|
|Tippett||A Child of our Time|
|Verdi||Messa da Requiem|
Previous career highlights include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Tanglewood Music Center under the baton of Maestro James Levine; Gėrald in Lakmė with Minnesota Opera and Florida Grand Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with New Orleans Opera; Ruggero in La Rondine with Lyric Opera San Diego and Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As a member of the young artist program of the Chicago Opera Theater, Chad covered the role of the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. He was also a member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program and the Young Artist Ensemble at Florida Grand Opera where he sang many roles, including the Second Jew in Salome, Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette, Gastone in La traviata, Joszef in the North American premier of Ede Donath’s Szulamit and Pong in Turandot. With Glimmerglass Opera, as a member of the Young American Artists Program, he sang the role of Harry in La fanciulla del West.
He has also been active as a concert soloist and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Boston Pops, Sun Valley Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Master Chorale, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, AIMS Festival Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas and New World Symphony. He has been a featured soloist in such works as Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Bach’s Magnificat, Orff’s Carmina Burana and numerous recitals and concerts. Recent performances include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis with the New York Choral Society; a New Year’s Eve concert with the Alabama Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with Modesto Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s Spring Symphony for MidAmerica Productions, and a pops program with Long Beach Symphony.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Chad Johnson studied in the vocal music department of Western Michigan University, the University of Kentucky and the American Institute of Musical Studies, Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. He has received prizes from the Young Patronesses of the Florida Grand Opera Vocal Competition, NATS regional and state vocal competitions, the Anna Sosenko Artist Assist Trust and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Most recently, Chad won the Four Cities District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the Second Place Winner of the Great Lakes Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition. He is a student of renowned soprano, Virginia Zeani.