Chad Somers has received praise for his "mastery in music and voice" in addition to delivering "moving performances" which are "uniquely personal" and "particularly eloquent" by Phindie and Stage Magazines. Hailed by the Philadelphia City Paper as a singer who, "actually acts," Chad uses his rich background in theater to bring new vitality to the stage.
On the stage in 2018, Mr. Somers appeared in The Light in the Piazza in addition to presenting a semi-staged version of Maxwell Davies' post-modern masterpiece Eight Songs for a Mad King with Ensemble ID.
A champion of new music, in 2017 Mr. Somers collaborated with Jake Heggie to sing the role of Manfred Lewin in the East Coast premiere of his opera, Out of Darkness. He also performed with Musica Nova as the Sprecher in Lachenmann's Zwei Gefühle and recently presented Babbitt's Two Sonnets with the OSSIA New Music in Rochester, NY. He regularly works with composers such as Lachenmann, Heggie, Matthew Curlee, and Reese Revak to premiere new works. His partnership with Philadelphia Composer's Ink led a premiere of A Song Symphony (Revak) and a collection of songs from Philadelphia Composers in recital for Songs of Metamorphosis: Transformation in Music.
In the spring of 2014, Mr. Somers won First place in Philadelphia Regionals for the Classical Singer Competition. Only a few months before, Chad premiered the award winning opera, The Black Cat (Revak). Ranked by Stage Magazine as one of the top picks of the Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia press met the new work with applause. Chad enjoyed praise for his visceral and chilling portrayal of the Narrator in the highly stylized opera.
Mr. Somers has appeared in many companies such as Opera Saratoga's Opera to Go!, Philadelphia Opera Collective, Poor Richard's Opera, and Opera Libera. A soloist with LyricFest in Philadelphia, Chad also regularly appears in recitals throughout the upstate New York and Philadelphia regions.
Recently, Mr. Somers completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature with a minor in Vocal Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. His lecture recital, focusing on healthy vocal production for extended vocal techniques found in contemporary music, earned a unanimous nomination for the Eastman Lecture Recital Award. He studies with Carol Webber. When not singing, Chad cheers the St. Louis Cardinals at home with his wife and son in the Bay Area, CA.
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