Chelsea Hart Melcher
Chelsea Hart Melcher
“Hart is a woman to be reckoned with.”
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.
“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)