American lyric coloratura Chelsea Feltman was recently praised by the New York Classical Review for “...singing beautifully and inhabiting the sweetness of sincerity of the role” of Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, calling her performance “magnetic.” She has studied and performed at Tanglewood, Académie International d’Eté in Nice, La Lingua Della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, as Gretel in San Jose, Costa Rica, and as Gilda, Lucia, and Blondchen in concert at the Härnösand Summer Opera Festival in Sweden, where she has been a member of the resident ensemble since 2014.
Chelsea is an alumna of The Juilliard School, where she completed her undergraduate studies with Edith Bers, and Mannes College of Music, where she received her master’s degree and was a member of the Mannes Opera Program for two years, studying with Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts. Her performance credits include the roles of Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Second Woman in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (both with the Juilliard Opera Workshop), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia under the baton of Joseph Colaneri (both with Mannes Opera). An avid performer of new music, she has sung the works of Del Tredici with Mo. Lowell Liebermann and the Mannes American Composers Ensemble, performed the New York premiere of Melissa Dunphy’s Tesla’s Pigeon with The Secret Opera, and appeared in the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s The Inner Circle at The Brick Theater. Chelsea has also appeared as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, and as Frasquita in Carmen at the Dante Hall Theater. In 2017, she will appear in a documentary (currently in post-production) focusing on David Del Tredici, both as a soloist and in conversation with the composer himself.
As a teaching artist, Chelsea traveled to Arusha, Tanzania from 2010-2014 to lead youth empowerment workshops with Art Powers Arusha, where she also served as a co-director from 2012-2014. While at student at Mannes, Chelsea was awarded a Vocal Mentorship position with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, for which she completed pedagogical studies and was a guest teacher in the NYC public school system. In summer 2016, she served as a teaching artist with StART Osceola, instructing both vocal majors in chorus and non-singers in “Making Noise”. She maintains a growing vocal studio, teaching singing lessons to both young people and adults at all levels and ranges of experience.
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