AZO Cast Members & Creatives
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 performedCarmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare, Bach’sWeihnachts-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 also debuted with Opera Memphis in Lee Hoiby’s This is the Rill Speaking. Performances for the 2013-2014 season include Carmina Burana with Fox Valley Symphony, Adario in Rameau’s Les Sauvages with Bourbon Baroque, joining the Louisville Orchestra for Portrait of Robert Schumann and an appearance with Eighth Blackbird.
In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Sloan reprised his Prosdocimo in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia with 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 joined Dayton Opera and the Bar Harbor Music Festival as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. He also covered the title role of Willy Wonka inThe 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 recently premiered his new song cycle, Ode to a Nightingale, in New York. Other recent performances include his portrayal of 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 Clyde Griffiths in the West Coast Premiere of An American Tragedy by Tobias Picker.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Sloan 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.