Chelsea Basler

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Alma materBoston University
  • Soprano Opera
  • Concert Singer

Chelsea Basler is a Grammy-nominated American soprano opera and concert singer.[1] A native of San Diego and resident of the Boston area, she has sung on-stage with the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Nashville Opera, Pasadena Opera, Opera Saratoga, and many other organizations.[2]


Basler is a noted specialist in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, having coached with role expert Phyllis Curtin.[3] She has appeared in a range of works ranging from world premieres to classics, and classics-made-new.[4] She also has been called "the ideal Susanna" for her interpretations of that entirely different leading character in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.[5]

Basler attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University, receiving a master's degree and artist diploma in opera from the latter. She also received Boston University's Kahn Award in 2011.[6][7] She first appeared with Boston Lyric Opera as an Emerging artist in 2013-2014, returning in the company's 2016-2017 season in a principal role (as Micaela) in Carmen, thereafter becoming a season regular.[8] She was a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice in 2015, and sang the role of Sara in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's opera Cold Mountain, earning a Grammy nomination for the opera recording.[9]

She is represented by Stratagem Artists.[10]

Critical Reception

Critics have praised Basler's singing and stage presence. Parterre's Harry Rose, reviewing Basler performing in Boston Lyric Opera's 2022 production of La bohème, described her voice as "milky".[11] Arturo Fernandez, writing for Schmopera, praised her "hilariously coquettish" performance as Musetta.[12] Lee Eiseman, writing for The Boston Musical Intelligencer, praised her "diva fury" in Rossini's La Cenerentola, a performance that Theater Mirror's Michael Hogan also praised for Basler's comic performance. [13][14] Angela Mao praised her voice as "luminous".[15]

Tracy Monaghan of Schmopera, has praised Basler's "big, lyric voice" as "clean and shimmering", singling it out as a highlight that carried the production.[16]


  1. "Nashville Opera takes on timely issues with 'Susannah'". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  2. "Biography". Chelsea Basler. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  3. "Behind Susannah: A Tennesseean Opera". 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  4. "'Don Giovanni': BLO Tries To Keep Mozart's 18th Century 'Charming' Sexual Predator Relevant". Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  5. "Review: 'Figaro' a perfect season-opener for Opera Saratoga". Saratogian. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  6. Desk, BWW News. "Boston Lyric Opera to Close Out Season with THE MERRY WIDOW, Today". Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  7. "Grant Helps Launch Arts Grads | BU Today". Boston University. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  8. "The Multifaceted Career: Chelsea Basler-Aston". Longy. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  9. gene (2016-12-08). "2 Grammy Nominations for Cold Mountain! Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist) and Best Opera Recording". Gene Scheer. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  10. "Chelsea Basler". stratagemartists. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  11. "If they could turn back time". parterre box. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  12. "La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverse". Schmopera. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  13. Eiseman, Lee (2019-07-25). "Making Patter Matter". The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  14. michaelhoban (2022-09-29). "Opera Curious but Still Reluctant? BLO's 'La Boheme' is the Show to See". Theater Mirror. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  15. "Boston Classical Review » Blog Archive » BLO serves up a poignant, captivating performance of Frank Martin rarity". Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  16. "Susannah is topical relevance, like it or not". Schmopera. Retrieved 2023-08-05.

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