Noted as a “blond hunk with a bright tenor sound,” Chad Johnson has impressed audiences and critics throughout his career. Mr. Johnson’s recent engagements include Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with both Virginia Opera and Opera Carolina; Ruggero in La rondine with Fresno Grand Opera; Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Savannah Voice Festival; Niklaus Sprink in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Silent Night, and joined Washington National Opera for their production of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick.
|Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi||Tebaldo|
|Berlioz||Béatrice et Bénédict||Bénédict|
|Bizet||Les pêcheurs de perles||Nadir|
|Britten||Albert Herring||Title role|
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Lysander|
|The Rape of Lucretia||Male Chorus|
|The Turn of the Screw||Peter Quint/Prologue|
|Cimarosa||Il matrimonio segreto||Paolino|
|La fille du régiment||Tonio|
|Lucia di Lammermoor||Edgardo|
|Roméo et Juliette||Roméo|
|Lehár||The Merry Widow||Camille de Rosillon|
|Massenet||Cendrillon||Le Prince Charmant|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte||Ferrando|
|Don Giovanni||Don Ottavio|
|Die Entführung aus dem Serail||Belmonte|
|Il sogno di Scipione||Emilio|
|Poulenc||Dialogues des carmélites||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 B Minor|
|Mass in G Major|
|St. John Passion|
|St. Matthew Passion|
|Romeo et Juliette|
|Britten||Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings|
|Elgar||The Dream of Gerontius|
|Lord Nelson Mass|
|Mendelssohn||Die Erst Walpurgisnacht|
|Tippett||A Child of our Time|
In 2014, Chad performed the role of Niklaus Sprink in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Silent Night, performed a Gala Concert with Maestro Jerry Steichen, and also joined Washington National Opera for their production of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick. This season’s engagements include a reprisal of the role of Niklaus Sprink in Silent Night in his début with The Wexford Festival; Jaquino in Fidelio with Opera Omaha; and a performance as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Texas Christian University. In 2016, he will début with Cincinnati Opera.
Previous career highlights include Gérald in Lakmé with Minnesota Opera and Florida Grand Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with New Orleans Opera; Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto at Brooklyn Academy of Music; Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Tanglewood Music Center under the baton of Maestro James Levine. From this performance Opera News raved: “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.”
As a member of the young artist program at 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 première 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 is also active as a concert soloist performing 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, Händel’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 Angustiiswith 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 at Western Michigan University, the University of Kentucky, and the American Institute of Musical Studies’ Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. Johnson won the Four Cities District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and first prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition.