Praised as “…appealing and delicate…” (Opera Canada), soprano Chelsea Van Pelt’s 2019/2020 season includes performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse, Bach’s St. John Passion and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. This past season, she returned from auditions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Atelier Lyrique National Finals at L’Opera de Montréal. Within the 2018/2019 season, Chelsea also had the pleasure of performing Gorecki’s Symphony for Sorrowful songs, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, John Laing’s Revival (a piece she premiered in 2016 for the Hamilton “What’s Next” Festival) and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
Chelsea Van Pelt is a recent graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists program. Throughout her time there, she had the pleasure of performing the role of Juliette for the Canadian premiere of Die tote Stadt, Pamina in Die Zauberflote (*cover), Rose in Lakme and la Princesse in l’enfant et les sortileges.
While completing her graduate degree, Chelsea performed Cendrillon in Cendrillon for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Mme Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites. 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, Mozart’s Missa Brevis 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, studying with Wendy Nielsen. Prior to graduate work, she studied with Darryl Edwards and Leslie Fagan.