Soprano, Chelsea Van Pelt is a recent graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists program, which featured her in the role of Juliette for the Canadian premiere of Die tote Stadt, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Rose in Lakme and la Princesse in l’enfant et les sortileges. With a love of both concert and operatic repertoire, Chelsea’s last included performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Gorecki’s Symphony for Sorrowful Songs, Bach Cantatas 79 and 80 and Handel’s Messiah with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. This spring Chelsea sang Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in her hometown of St. Thomas, and also reprised her role in John Laing’s composition “Revival,” which she premiered with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016.
Chelsea performed Cendrillion with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, for which she was praised as an “..appealing and delicate Cendrillon.” (Opera Canada) While completing her Masters degree Chelsea had the pleasure of performing Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, under the co- direction of Tafelmusik Music Director Jeanne Lamon and the Theatre of Early Music Director Daniel Taylor. Past concert engagements include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Vespers, Haydn’s Creation, Karl Jenkins Mass for Peace, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. A choral highlight includes singing Bach’s Mass in B minor at Roy Thompson Hall under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
Chelsea completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto. A student of Wendy Nielsen’s, she has also studied with Darryl Edwards and Leslie Fagan.