“The show-stealer was Chad Sloan in the role of the writer Prosdocimo — here given a bit of Mastroianni treatment — whose attempt to find fresh subject matter for a comic work pushes the opera’s plot along. Sloan molded his bright baritone to extract the gold in Rossini’s music, and he handled the theatrical side of the assignment with considerable charm.”
American baritone Chad Sloan is recognized as much for his warm, elegant vocalism as he is for deft interpretations of diverse characters. In the 2012-2013, Chad will sing Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Louisville Choral Arts Society, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer at Twickenham Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem at Lawrence Conservatory and as baritone soloist in performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He debuts with Opera Memphis in Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking this spring.
In the 2011-2012 season, Chad returned to the role of Prosdocimo, in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia for Tacoma Opera, performed with the Lexington Philharmonic in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Anchorage Opera as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for Dayton Opera and the Bar Harbor Music Festival. He was featured at Dallas Museum of Art in a multimedia concert based on the life and design portfolio of celebrated fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. He also covered the title role of Willy Wonka in The Golden Ticket with Atlanta Opera and the role of Pluto in Telemann’s Orpheus for the New York City Opera. In the previous season, he returned to Kentucky Opera to debut his Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, to Utah Opera for John Brooke in Little Women, and debuted with the Bar Harbor Music Festival as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A frequent collaborator of composer Ben Moore, he premiered his new song cycle entitled, “Ode to a Nightingale” in New York this past fall. Last season, he portrayed Herman in Moore’s new opera Enemies, A Love Story for Kentucky Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Atlanta Ballet, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for Tacoma Opera, and took on the role of Clyde Griffiths in the West Coast Premiere of An American Tragedy by Tobias Picker. Additionally, Chad returned to Wolf Trap Opera this spring to workshop the role of Cosimo for John Musto’s new opera, “The Inspector,” and then essayed Rossini’s poet in Il Turco in Italia and Britten’s Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his second summer as a Filene Young Artist. In addition, he sang Laertes for the collaborative workshop of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead for American Opera Projects and Mark Morris, followed by the role of Rosencrantz for the first orchestral performances of the opera with Boston Classical Orchestra.
He recently performed Telemaco in the critically acclaimed Wolf Trap Opera production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria under the baton of Gary Wedow and was also featured as Harry or Larry in both the stage and film version of Elliott Carter’s What Next? at the Tanglewood Music Festival under maestro James Levine. Chad has also appeared as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory for Tacoma Opera, Second Mate in Billy Budd for Santa Fe Opera where he covered Schaunard in La bohéme, and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Utah Opera, where he also covered Dandini in La cenerentola. He has previously sung the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Claudio in Béatrice et Bénédict, and Le Fauteuil in L’enfant et les Sortileges.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Chad is an active recitalist who recently performed a program responding to an installation of French Impressionism at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. He has performed in concert with Steven Blier at Wolf Trap Opera in a program entitled “The Pursuit of Love”, and recently offered the world premiere of Kenji Bunch’s “Dream Songs” at Carnegie Hall and performed at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England under the tutelage of Roger Vignoles and Philip Langridge. On the concert platform, Chad was heard in Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, as well as Schumann’s Requiem für Mignon and Faure’s Requiem with the Louisville Choral Arts Society. Under the baton of Keith Lockhart, he performed Peer Gynt with the Utah Symphony where he was also heard in performances of Handel’s Messiah.