American 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). Additional highlights of the 2014/15 season included return engagements as an Emerging Artist with the BLO performing the roles of Flora in La Traviata, Glasha in Katya Kabanova, and Zerlina in 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. Basler has championed multiple roles in the American opera repertoire, including Margaret (Lizzie Borden) with BLO, and Guardian of the Dawn (Little Nemo in Slumberland) and Curley’s Wife (Of Mice and Men) with Sarasota Opera. Most recently she was seen performing the role of Sara in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain at The Santa Fe Opera. She will be joining BLO again this season in their production of The Merry Widow as Valencienne, and is thrilled to be returning to Opera Saratoga, where she previously sang the role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore as an Apprentice Artist, as a Principal Artist in the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Basler will also be performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Atlantic Symphony this season.
Chelsea Basler has been sponsored by
Dr. Denise F. Polit & Mr. Alan Janosy