Recognized for her dramatic commitment and commanding stage presence, mezzo-soprano Chelsea Melamed is quickly making a name for herself as a classical vocalist. Her voice has been described as "Glorious" by the Santa Barbara Independent, and as being:
"as delightful as one hopes for Cherubino...Her first-act aria captured the breathless perfection of Mozart's portrayal of adolescent emotions."
- Pittsburgh Tribune.
This summer Chelsea will join the roster at the New York summer festival Teatro Nuovo (formerly Bel Canto at Caramoor), led by Will Crutchfield. Next she will join the roster at Nashville Opera as a Mary Ragland Young Artist for their 2019 season, where she will make her role debut as Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. Last fall Chelsea joined the recently expanded Chrisman Studio Artist program at Opera Santa Barbara for the 2017-2018 season. In residence from October 2017-May 2018, she performed Javotte in Massenet's Manon, Rosina (cover) in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, The Announcer in Moore’s Gallantry, as well as various concerts.
In the 2015-2017 seasons Chelsea performed with the Univeristy of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra while completing a post graduate degree. With CCM she performed Dorothée in Massenet's Cendrillon, Firdaus Noman in a premier workshop of Perla's Shalimar the Clown (a co-production with Cincinnati Opera), and the Page of Herodias in Strauss' Salome. She presented two recitals focused on the great mezzo-soprano song cycles of Debussy, Montsalvatge, Britten, Grieg, and Dvorak. During her time in Cincinnati, Chelsea was a member of Cincinnati Opera’s ensemble for their 2016 and 2017 seasons. She also performed consistently with sacred groups, singing solos in the Rossini Stabat Mater, the Mozart Vespers, and the Bach Cantata BWV 22.
In summer 2015 she was one of four Resident Artists with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, where she debuted the role of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Other roles include Il Paggio (Rigoletto) with Livermore Valley Opera, Arsamene (Serse) with the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, Meg (Little Women) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) with the San Francisco Conservatory, and Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute.
Equally at home in the Musical Theater and Operetta repertories, Chelsea has performed a variety of comic and dramatic roles, including the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods for the San Francisco Conservatory as well as the Lawrence University Conservatory, Adah in Naughty Marietta for College Light Opera Company (Cape Cod, MA), and Paquette in Candide for the Lawrence University Conservatory.
Chelsea was named a semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller competition, and a finalist in the East Bay Opera League Competition. She has been seen on a variety of Cincinnati and Bay Area, and Santa Barbara stages. In 2015 she made her NYC debut in an all-Strauss recital with the exciting new singer-propelled venture, the Cantanti Project (www.cantantiproject.org).
A 2014 and 2013 CoOPERAtive Fellow, Chelsea received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, WI, and her Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Daniel Mobbs and Barbara Honn. She then went on to pursue post graduate work at CCM where she studied with Tom Baresel.