Lecturer Applied Voice and Opera Studio
Chad Sonka is quickly becoming a sought after American baritone. In the Summer of 2016, he joined Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist, covering Scarpia in Tosca. Chad notably performed the role of Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Previous performing credits: Gianni Schicchi (Marco) with Savannah Music Festival; Carmen (Dancïro) with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; The Mother of Us All (Virgil T.), The Rape of Lucretia (Junius), Faust (Wagner), Elijah (Elijah) with Manhattan School of Music, and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Melchior) with Nevada Opera. Mr. Sonka has been a chosen participant of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, as well as Sherrill Milnes’ VOICE Studio at the Savannah Voice Festival for four summers. He was also a featured bass soloist with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and has performed recitals at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Chad is also an active voice teacher, previously teaching at Manhattan School of Music’s Distance Learning Program, Luther College, and now Iowa State University.