Chad Kranak, a “powerful-voiced tenor, who boasts stunning high notes”, (blogcritics.com) is known for his musicality and the vulnerability he brings to the stage. His engagements this season include a return to St. Petersburg Opera to cover the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and his debut with Ars Musica in Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G. Additionally, he will premiere song cycles Leaves of Grass: Whitman by Paula Kimper and The Ulster County Songbook by Felix Jarrar, as well as the role of Ben Jacob in Alex Weiser’s new opera State of the Jews that follows the final years of Theodore Herzl’s life and his quest for establishing a Jewish State . Future engagements include a return to Ars Musica for a concert celebrating Bernstein, singing selections from West Side Story, Candide, and Bernstein’s Mass. This fall he will make his debut with the Sequoia Symphony in Handel’s Messiah.
Last season, Chad returned to the Bard Music Festival as a soloist in the rarely performed Russian work Passion Week by Maximilian Sternberg. He then had the unique opportunity to perform with Madonna at the Met Gala: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He also made his debut with New York Virtuoso Singers in Thea Musgrave’s Voices of our Ancestors, and sang Handel’s Messiah with both the Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus and Grace Church (NYC), as well as Schubert’s Nachtelle and Mass in G with the Riverdale Choral Society.
2016/17 performances include Rhomboidal in L’île de Tulipitan (Light Opera of New York), Doge in Rossini’s Otello (Bard Music Festival), and Paulo in Rachmaninov's Francesca da Rimini (Garden State Opera). He was also a dancer in Mark Morris’ production of rarely performed Curlew River by Britten at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
During the 2014/15 season, Chad made his European debut, singing the Conte di Lerma in Verdi’s Don Carlo with the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He also appeared as Martin in Chelsea Opera’s The Tender Land, in which Opera News called his aria, “the highlight of the performance”, and as a guest artist with Stonybrook Opera, singing Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor.
An acclaimed performer of composer Benjamin Britten, Chad is especially known for his interpretation of the title role in Albert Herring, for which Opera News hailed him as, “a winning Albert with an attractive lyric sound”, and Stagebuddy.com declared him “a standout...singing the role to perfection”. Other roles by Britten include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nimming Ned in The Beggar’s Opera, and the song cycle for tenor, Winter Words.
Originally from San Jose, California, Chad attended UC Santa Cruz for his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, earning a Master of Music in Performance. Chad now lives in Brooklyn, New York, and when he is not singing you can find him in his garage building bicycles.