Chad Johnson has worked with many notable directors, including Peter Sellars, Mark Lamos, Bernard Uzan, Diane Paulus and Renata Scotto. He has also worked with many of today's great conductors such as James Levine, Yves Abel, Richard Buckley and Robert Spano. Some career highlights include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Tanglewood Music Center under the baton of Maestro James Levine, Gerald in Lakme 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.
Chad Johnson's 2011-12 season includes singing as Emilio in Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, as Duke in Rigoletto with Pensacola Opera, as soloist in a New Year's Eve concert with the Alabama Symphony, in Mozart's Requiem with Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and in a "pops" program with Long Beach Symphony. In the 2010-11 season he sang as Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Boston Lyric Opera.
As a member of the young artist program of the Chicago Opera Theater he performed in the opera ensembles and covered the role of the Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He also joined the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Artist Program for Singers and was invited to join 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.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Chad Johnson studied in the vocal music department Western Michigan University, the University of Kentucky and the American Institute of Musical Studies, Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. He is a student of renowned soprano, Virginia Zeani. 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.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Pearl Fishers (2012–2013)