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Ishmael (cover) in Moby Dick, Washington National Opera
February 22, 25, 28, March 2, 5, 8, 2014
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Nicklaus Sprink in Silent Night, Fort Worth Opera
May 4, 10, 2014
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Chad Johnson

Tenor

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.

 

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…pleasant tone sounded youthful…
The Pearl Fishers – “As Nadir, tenor Chad Johnson was a well-matched lover, both vocally and visually, making the lovers’ story believable and their impending deaths in the third act a real source of dramatic tension. Johnson’s pleasant tone sounded youthful, and it took on weight both for his emotional aria and to match others in ensemble.”The Virginian-Pilot 
…sang with power and clarity…
Il Sogno di Scipione - “Chad A. Johnson, as Emilio, sang with power and clarity.” – The New York Times
…sang vividly…
A Midsummer Night’s Dream“Chad A. Johnson and Matthew Worth both sang vividly as Lysander and Demetrius, respectively.” The Boston Globe 
…ringing tenor easily filled the hall…
Messiah - “Chad Johnson’s ringing tenor easily filled the hall in his long sequence in Part 2.”Birmingham News 
…provided deeply felt moments…
Cosi fan tutte - “The excellent tenor Chad Johnson provided some deeply felt moments as his Ferrando struggled to stay in the game, and all of his arias rang true.”Opera News 
Composer Opera Role
Barber Vanessa Anatol
Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Tebaldo
I Puritani Arturo
La Sonnambula Elvino
Berlioz Beatrice et Benedict Benedict
Bernstein Candide Candide
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
Delibes Lakme Gerald
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto
La Fille du Regiment Tonio
L’Elisir d’Amore Nemorino
Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
 Gounod Faust Faust
Romeo et Juliette Romeo
Lehar Die Lustige Witwe Camille de Rosillon
Massenet Cendrillon Le Prince Charmant
Manon Des Grieux
Werther Werther
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Ferrando
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail Belmonte
Die Zauberflote Tamino
Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Il Sogno di Scipione Emilio
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmelites Chevalier de la Force
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
La Boheme Rodolfo
La Rondine Ruggero
Ravel L’Heure Espagnole Gonzalve
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Count Almaviva
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Salome Narraboth
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lensky
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
La Traviata Alfredo
Rigoletto Duke
Composer Work
Bach Christmas Oratorio
Mass in G Major
Mass in B minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9
Berlioz Requiem
Romeo et Juliette
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
War Requiem
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Te Deum
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Handel Messiah
Haydn Harmoniemesse
Lord Nelson Mass
The Creation
The Seasons
Mendelssohn Die Erst Walpurgisnacht
Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
Missa Brevis
Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Rachmaninoff Vespers
Rossini Stabat Mater
Stravinsky Pulcinella
Tippett A Child of our Time
Verdi Messa da Requiem

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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