Soprano CHELSEA CHAVES enjoyed a busy 2015-16 season, which included performances with the Astoria Music Festival, Pacific Symphony, the University of Southern California, and Opera Santa Barbara. She was a finalist in the Loren L. Zachary competition and was selected as the 2015 scholarship winner for the Sigma Alpha Iota (Pasadena Chapter) Scholarship Competition, in addition to being a top award winner for the 2016 Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship.
Roles performed include Pamina and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Première Prêtresse (Iphigénie en Tauride), Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe), and Lay Sister (Suor Angelica). She has also covered the roles of Violetta (La Traviata) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) for Pacific Symphony. During the past two summers, Ms. Chaves had the opportunity to work with Marilyn Horne while singing in the chorus of Carmen and Die Zauberflöte for Music Academy of the West. Previous Young Artist Programs include OperaWorks, SongFest, and the Astoria Music Festival. Ms. Chaves looks forward to singing with Musiktheater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany this summer. Chelsea is also a frequent guest soloist and has sung the National Anthem for various organizations, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
A California native, Ms. Chaves received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts/Opera from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Chapman University. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area.