English baritone Jonathan Coad is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which he joined in 1989. His numerous solo roles for The Royal Opera include in such operas as Death in Venice, The Fiery Angel, Jenůfa, Arabella, La bohème, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Paul Bunyan, La rondine, Billy Budd, Sweeney Todd, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, The Rake’s Progress, The Gambler and The Tsar’s Bride. He has also sung in Mr Worldly Wise for The Royal Ballet.
Coad was born in Crayford, Kent, and studied at the Royal College of Music. Before joining the Royal Opera Chorus he sang with choirs and ensembles including Winchester Cathedral Choir, Le Groupe Vocal de France, the Choir of the London Oratory and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, where he understudied the roles of Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), Major General Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance) and Strephon (Iolanthe).
Coad’s other engagements include playing ensemble and small roles in the award-winning production of Candide at the Old Vic in 1989.