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”  and “a woman to be reckoned with” 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, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Midland Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony, Central Michigan Orchestra, and The Ohio State University Orchestra.

Chelsea has been featured performing many works of modern composers and has performed the world premiere for composers such as Philip Rice, Paul Melcher and Jacob Reed. Chelsea and her husband have co-founded RED School of Music (in loving memory of their music-supporting grandparents) and are actively teaching voice and piano lessons to students in the greater Columbus area.

Chelsea’s recent roles include Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Maria (The Sound of Music), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Violetta (La Traviata), Annina, (La Traviata) Nedda (I Pagliacci), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Mariuccia (I Due Timidi), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Micaëla (Carmen), Frasquita (Carmen)Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mimi (La Bohème), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta, (La Bohème), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).  Hart Melcher has performed Verdi’s Requiem and Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, the Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Mahler’s Second Symphony.

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

April 21, 2020

Masterclass with BMS choir

Bunsold Middle School

Marysville, OH


April 24, 2020

Masterclass with MHS choir

Marysville High School

Marysville, OH



Adina in L'elisir d'amore

Opera Project Columbus 2020

Southern Theater


January 9 & 10, 2021

Soprano Soloist in Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony

ProMusica Orchestra

All Chelsea’s past performances here.

“Soprano Chelsea Hart Melcher performed ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’, a veritable tour of the inner landscape of the title character – the lovesick Margarete, as she pines for Faust. Melcher delivered a clear and straightforward interpretation of the text…” In Beethoven Ninth…”the quartet of soloists came through admirably in each of its notoriously thorny passages.” (Columbus Dispatch) 

“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)

Beat Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety

Let professional singer, performer, and instructor, Chelsea Melcher, help you face your performance anxiety and turn it into a positive performance. A series of 7 videos to help you beat stage fright and performance anxiety!

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