Ms. Bolter will return to Chautauqua Opera as a studio artist for their summer 2017 season. She will sing chorus in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and cover Pastore terzo, Un altro spirito, and Proserpina in the US Premiere of Respighi's arrangement of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.

On 12/5, Ms. Bolter competed in the Connecticut District of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New Haven, CT and was awarded the Roseline Crowley Encouragement Award


Chautauqua Daily: "Young Artists hold final art song recital of season, premiere Gity Razaz’s latest work'"

Mezzo-soprano Chelsea Bolter continues to seek to connect to herself as an artist and a singer. In that seeking, another type of connection has formed.

“I don’t necessarily have a really clear idea of what my voice is {right now},” Bolter said. “So I think contemporary music is a really great place for everyone to find a home.”

Bolter said that contemporary music doesn’t have “as many rules or traditions or structures” as classical music. For someone working to find where she fits, the connection to contemporary music and the opportunities it can afford is powerful.

“You can find a composer who works for you,” Bolter said. “That composer may write something {totally new} that hasn’t been created yet that he or she can give to you and you can {make it} home.” (8.2.17)

Chautauqua Daily: "Young Artists showcase 'Artsongs in the Afternoon'"

   "Along with Soto-Bayomi, Young Artists Chelsea Bolter, mezzo soprano, and Peter Lake, tenor, completed their sets at the weekly “Artsongs in the Afternoon” last week...Ms. Bolter opened the recital with a rich tone and full voice. She demonstated greatly controlled vibrato and confident stage presence singing Jean Sibelius’ “Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte” (The girl returned from meeting her lover)...To close the recital, the three artists came together and performed “Not a Day Goes By/Our Time” from Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. They alternated between singing solos and effortlessly blending their pitches into harmony." (7.7.15)

Chautauqua Daily: "Reviews: Lesenger stages 'artistic' farewell 'Onegin'"

    “The Chautauqua Opera Young Artists in the cast availed themselves well…Chelsea Bolter (Filipyevna) and Peter Lake (Monsieur Triquet) embodied their roles well.” (8.3.15)

The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Dialogues of the Carmelites in Majestic Production" 

    "While this opera allows the female voices to dominate the drama (both in the 16-voice SSAA choral music, and in the two dozen leading roles), the three women who lead the Carmelites offered the best integration of acting and stage presence: Chelsea Bolter’s Mother Marie led by example, sustaining a rich, clear tone in all ranges, and providing a moral center for her scenes." (2.9.15)