Chard went to England in 1961 and performed with many British opera companies, including the Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera Company at Covent Garden, and at the Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival. 
He was a principal baritone with the English National Opera for 15 years, from 1969 to 1985, performing many major roles, including some roles which were specially written for him. He also appeared as Sergeant Meryll in the 1982 television production of The Yeomen of the Guard.
Returning briefly to Australia in 1982, Chard appeared with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, and, since his permanent return to Australia, in 1985, he has performed many major roles with the Australian Opera.
Chard's opera roles include: Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Rangoni in Boris Godunov, Scarpia in Tosca, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Don Pizarro in Fidelio, Paolo in Simon Boccanegra, Tonio in Pagliacci, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Voss.
- "The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia — Opera . Music . Dance — Volume 2" — Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee — Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996.
- Geoffrey Chard biography
- Geoffrey Chard — The Voss Journey
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