Acclaimed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for, “lead[ing] by example: sustaining a rich, clear tone in all ranges, and providing a moral center for her scenes,” mezzo-soprano Chelsea Bolter, from Lakeland, FL, recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Ms. Bolter has most recently been seen as a 2017 Young Artist with Chautauqua Opera covering three roles in the US Premiere of L'Orfeo and singing Dorabella in the Studio Scenes Program. She returns to Chautauqua Opera having previously sung the role of Filipyevna in their 2015 production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She was seen as Zita in NEC’s winter 2015 production of Gianni Schicchi. She also sang the role of Mere Marie in NEC's spring 2015 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Mother in Menotti’s The Consul during NEC's fall 2014 season at Jordan Hall, as well as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin with the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Bolter is currently based in New York City and continues to study with Diana Soviero.
Ms. Bolter has been active on the competition circuit winning the Roseline Crowley Encouragement Award for the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Connecticut District, and as the District Winner of the Florida District in 2014. She has also won and been a finalist in several young artist competitions including the Southeastern Regional NATS competition where she placed 2nd, the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, and the Fort Myers Young Artist Awards.
Ms. Bolter earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. During her time at FSU she performed the Mother in the outreach production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and many scenes showcases in roles such as Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.