Southern Illinois raised baritone, Chauncey Blade, is making his debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera singing Count Monterone in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Last summer Chauncey joined Opera Saratoga as a young artist. There he sang the House Baritone in the U.S. premiere of Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton’s Rocking Horse Winner, and covered the roles of Bogdonovitch and Kromov in The Merry Widow, Bassett in Rocking Horse Winner, Atticus Finch’s Trainer in Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, and Secret Police Agent in Menotti’s The Consul. Last spring Chauncey made his company debut with Adrian Symphony Orchestra as the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem. Previous performances include singing Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Harašta in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Pallante in Handel’s Agrippina, and Pandolfe in Massanet’s Cendrillon. Chauncey is currently a student of Michael Paul. Prior to Mr. Paul, Chauncey studied with dramatic soprano Martha Sheil. Chauncey received his M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music and received his B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is based in NYC.