A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Chad Armstrong continues to receive acclaim as a distinct performer in productions throughout the USA and Europe. Mr. Armstrong triumphed in his 2013 debut in the title role of Rigoletto with Annapolis Opera. In addition to remarking about his “powerful singing” and “warm resonance,” The Capitol Gazette said “there was no facet of Rigoletto’s character that was not evident in Armstrong’s masterful rendition.”
In the 2014-2015 Season, Mr. Armstrong will reprise the title role of Rigoletto with Northshore Music Festival. He then returns to Western Plains Opera to sing Escamillo in Carmen, and make his debut with Winter Opera St. Louis as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro. In the Spring, he will be presented by Jane Marsh and the Metropolitan Opera Guild to perform excerpts from Guillaume Tell and Rigoletto.
Recent performances include Tiger Brown in Threepenny Operawith Amarillo Opera, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene with Oklahoma Baptist, Kofel in Strauss’ Feursnot with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Western Plains Opera. Also in 2013, Mr. Armstrong joined NYC’s Gotham Chamber Opera to cover the role of Rappaccini in La hija de Rappaccini, and sang the baritone solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
The 2012 season brought Mr. Armstrong’s exciting debut in the role of Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with New Rochelle Opera. He also returned to Western Plains Opera to sing Tonio in Pagliacci, and once again to NYC’s Dicapo Opera as John Sorel in The Consul. In the Spring of 2011, Chad Armstrong made his debut with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, singing the title role of Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero. As a winner of the 2009 Mezzo TV Festival and Competition in Szeged, Hungary, Vita. In addition to the performances in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the production was broadcast to over 40 countries from the final round of the competition in Hungary.
Opera Online hailed his Sonora in La Fanciulla del West with Dicapo Opera Theater as “outstanding,” pointing out his “strong stage presence, strong vocal delivery and natural acting abilities.” Opera News said his Ping in Dicapo’s Turandot was “particularly impressive” and he was invited to reprise selections of the role in celebration of Puccini’s 150th birthday with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Maestro Francisco Bonnín in the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center. In New York City alone, engagements have included John Proctor in The Crucible, a brilliant run of Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Tom Carter in the January 2010 production of Thomas Pasatii’s Hotel Casablanca, and Pope Pius IX in the world premiere of Il Caso Mortara by Francesco Cilluffo. For his Mercutio with National Lyric Opera, the Cape Cod Gazette applauded him as “a standout…besides stage savvy and animated presence, the artist possessed one of the finest voices in the cast.” Other successes in 2009 were Mr. Fox in the NY premiere of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Silvio in Pagliacci, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Marcello in Opera in the Hampton’s La Bohème.
A poised and polished concert performer and recitalist, Mr. Armstrong has made several Carnegie Hall appearances, most notably in 2008 as Baritone Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. For a concert in March 2008 in NYC with Maestro Stephen Osgood, he presented selections from rarely-performed works of the 1920s and 30s commissioned for the Metropolitan Opera. Other concerts have included such works as Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Christof Bergman’s Piazza Navona.
Mr. Armstrong currently lives in New Jersey, with his wife, mezzo soprano Sara Louise Petrocelli.