Chelsea Hart Melcher

Chelsea Hart Melcher


“Hart is a woman to be reckoned with.”

(Petoskey News)

Chelsea Hart Melcher, a native of Coldwater, Michigan, has been described as “cooly captivating” onstage. The 2016 Opera Idol National Finalist graduated with a Performance Diploma from the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music under the study of Heidi Grant Murphy, Kevin Murphy, and Timothy Noble. At The Jacobs School of Music Chelsea performed Musetta (La Bohème) under the baton of Paul Nadler and direction of Jeffrey Buchman.


Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa Lobos

Brady Anderson, Principal Cellist

“Come scoglio immoto resta” from Così fan tutte by Mozart

Travis Bloom, Piano

Chelsea Hart sings “Beim Schlafengehen” from Vier letzte Lieder by Strauss

Paul Melcher, Piano

Chelsea has sung with Opera Columbus, Opera Seabrook, Opera Project Columbus, Bay View Music Festival, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Midland Symphony, Amherst Symphony, Central Michigan Orchestra, and Ohio State University Orchestra.

Chelsea  is actively working to increase support, inspiration, and awareness of the performing arts. Chelsea and her husband have created RED Music School (in loving memory of their music-supporting grandparents) and are actively teaching voice and piano lessons to over 50 students in the Marysville area. RED Music School has performances throughout the Marysville and Columbus area and specializes in fostering an appreciation and passion for music as well as preparing aspiring musicians for higher music education and experiences. 

Chelsea was featured last November in the second United States premier of  I Due Timidi by Nino Rota in which she played “Mariuccia” (Opera Project Columbus). Under the baton of the world renowned Alessandro Siciliani she has performed Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mariuccia (I Due Timidi) and will be singing scenes in a concert version as Maria (The Sound of Music) this spring. She covered Musetta for Opera Columbus’ La Bohème and Violetta in La Traviata . She was featured in the world premiere of Twisted2,  a collaboration between the BalletMet, Opera Columbus and Columbus Symphony Orchestra last September. Last fall she will be appeared throughout Columbus as Musetta in La Bohème for Opera Columbus’ “Opera on the Edge”. Chelsea covered both Frasquita and Micaëla for Opera Columbus’ Carmen. She actively tours around the Ohio and Midwest areas to give concerts with her husband, Paul Melcher in their RED Chapel Concert Series. 

Chelsea’s recent roles also include Violetta (La Traviata), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Annina, (La Traviata) Nedda (I Pagliacci), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Micaëla (Carmen), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mimi (La Bohème), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta, (La Bohème), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Hart Melcher has recently performed Verdi’s Requiem and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra and Amherst Symphony Orchestra. She will be the featured soprano soloist for the world premiere of “The Words Beneath the Sound” with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra in 2018. 

She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 & 2014 Cooper- Bing Vocal Competition and has been awarded the prestigious Margaret Speaks Scholarship, Jacobs School of Music Graduate Tuition Award, Jacobs School of Music Performance Certificate Recommendation, Ohio State University full tuition scholarship, Wilson Award, Women in Music (Columbus) Award, and has received first place in numerous concerto competitions.

Upcoming Performances

January 2019

"Valencienne" in The Merry Widow

Opera Project Columbus

Lincoln Theater

Columbus, OH

All Chelsea’s past performances here.

“A cooly captivating performance of Andre Previn’s “Vocalise” (Columbus Dispatch)

“Her move to sympathetic support and sacrifice was handled with grace.” (WFIU)

“Sings ‘Come scoglio’ with commanding force” (Petoskey News)

“Singing better than very well…girly…wonderful firebrand Musetta” (WFIU)

Chelsea …as the teasing Musetta…gave Marcello plenty of argumentative love; they made their presence known…” (Herald Times)

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