"Chelsea Feltman['s] compelling characterization...enchanted us."
Voce di Meche
Praised for her “magnetic” stage presence (NY Classical Review), “warm, golden voice” (Classical.Music.NYC), and “glossy high register” (Sundsvalls Tidning), soprano Chelsea Feltman is a dynamic performer whose repertoire spans from the baroque to contemporary periods, including musical theater, the American songbook, and art rock. 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. Last year, she made her off-Broadway debut as Lize in The Sorceress at the acclaimed National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
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. 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), Frasquita in Carmen and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium (The Secret Opera), and Puck in Gramercy Opera’s adaptation of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.
An avid performer of new music, she has sung the works of Del Tredici with Mo. Lowell Liebermann and MACE, 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 a soloist in Charpentier’s cantata In Nativitatem Domini Canticum. She appears in an upcoming documentary on David Del Tredici, both as a soloist and in conversation with the composer himself.
Chelsea is a Midori & Friends vocal teaching artist and a co-founding artistic director of The Shrill Collective. She has been a member of NYC art-rock band Ecce Shnak since 2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Buckley and her partner, cellist Timothy Leonard. When not performing, Chelsea enjoys solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, making cross-stitches with bad words in them,
and trying to keep her plants alive.