Chelsea Basler

Assistant Professor
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Grammy-nominated soprano Chelsea Basler is making her mark on an extensive array of operatic roles with her combination of vocal appeal and artistry. Praised by Opera News for her "luminous voice" with its "easy soaring range," she has also been noted for her "wonderful acting."

Basler has appeared with opera companies all over the world. Most recently, she played Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Boston Lyric Opera and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. In recent years, she has also worked with Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera Saratoga, among others. An accomplished concert and recital performer, she has had engagements with Omaha Symphony, Boston's Mercury Orchestra, Glen Falls Symphony, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Providence Singers as well as Cape Symphony.

Career Highlights
  • Member of the Metropolitan Opera roster, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, and Nashville Opera, among others
  • Grammy nominee for the role of Sara on the recording Cold Mountain with Santa Fe Opera
  • Second place winner for the American Prize in Vocal Performance 
  • First place winner of the National Opera Association Competition 
  • First place winner for the Kahn Award
  • Recipient of the Shoshana Foundation Grant 
In Their Own Words

"Every student has a unique and individual vocal talent. I focus on finding each student's own unique voice so that they can find their true vocal self."

"To become a performer, one needs to learn from a performer. Being a singer is so much more than just singing the words on the page."