Chelsea Basler

basler 117American soprano Chelsea Basler has been praised for her “luminous voice,” “easy soaring range,” and “wonderful acting.” Critics have hailed her as “golden-voiced” and “simply superb.” Her recent portrayal of Isolt in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Love Potion was described as “lovely, passionate, and clear” (Opera News). Chelsea will join Santa Fe Opera for the summer of 2015, appearing as Sara in Cold Mountain and covering the role of Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera. For the 2014-2015 season, Chelsea performed the role of Flora (La Traviata), Isolt in Martin’s The Love Potion, and Glasha in Katya Kedabanova, all with the Boston Lyric Opera. Chelsea also sang the role of Zerlina in the Boston Lyric Opera’s May 2015 production of Don Giovanni. Recital and oratorio engagements included a recital at the National Opera Center in New York City, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Clearlakes Chorale. In the 2014 season, Chelsea joined the Emerging Artists at the Boston Lyric Opera, where she appeared as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and sang the role of Margaret/Lizzie Borden – a role she reprised with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Additional appearances included Countess Ciprano/Rigoletto, and Enrichetta/I Puritani, both with Boston Lyric Opera. Chelsea also covered the roles of Pamina, Elvira, and Gilda. As a studio artist with Sarasota Opera from 2012-2013, Ms. Basler covered the role of Gilda/Rigoletto and appeared as Guardian of the Dawn in Little Nemo in Slumberland. She also performed the role of Curley’s Wife/Of Mice and Men and covered the role of Liu/Turandot. In the summer of 2012, Chelsea joined Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered the role of Magda/La Rondine. Ms. Basler has appeared with Ohio Light Opera singing Sylva/Gypsy Princess and Marshina/Kismet. Past credits with OLO include Laula/L’Etoile, Margot/Desert Song, Helene/La Belle Helene and Annina/A Night in Venice. Other roles in repertoire include Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro and Helena/Hin und Zurück with Opera in the Ozarks, Lucy/The Telephone with Opera New Hampshire, First Knitter/A Game of Chance and Lola/Gallantry with New England Conservatory Light Opera, Novizia/Suor Angelica with the Lucca Opera Festival in Italy, and Anica/The Conquistador with San Diego Opera. Ms. Basler was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation in 2012. A first prize winner in the 2011 Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, Chelsea was also a 2011 winner of Boston University’s Kahn Career Entry Award. She was selected as a finalist in the 2007 Charles Lyman Vocal Competition. Originally from San Diego, Chelsea holds a master’s degree and artist certificate in vocal performance from Boston University, where she studies with Jerrold Pope. Basler is a graduate of the Boston University Opera Institute, where she sang the roles of Cora/The Postman Always Rings Twice, Juliette/Romeo et Juliette, Susannah/Susannah, Fiordiligi/Così fan Tutte, Antigone/Antigone, Girl/Trouble in Tahiti, and Suzanne Michaud/Therese Raquin. Chelsea completed a bachelor’s of music degree in vocal performance with a concentration in education at New England Conservatory. Chelsea can be heard on the following recordings: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience (Albany Records, Troy 1241/42, 2010), Gilbert and Sullivan’s Hilarious 1887 Gothic Comic Opera: Ruddigore (Albany Records, Troy 1164-65, 2009), Victor Herbert: Mlle. Modist (Albany Records, Troy 1146-47, 2009), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (Albany Records, Troy 1070/71 2008), and Jerome Kern: The Cabaret Girl (Albany Records, Troy 1103-04 2008). She also appears in Victor Herbert: Mlle Modiste (DVD, Operetta Foundation, OA 1020, 2009.