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; Emilio in Il sogno di scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera; Tonio in La fille du régiment at Mill City Summer Opera, and the role of Lance in the rarely performed Gluck opera, L’arbre enchanté, as part of Fire Island Opera’s inaugural season. This season’s engagements include a return to Savannah Voice Festival as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.
Mr. Johnson 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 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 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.