Soprano Chelsea Helm toured this spring with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and will be heard with Miami’s Seraphic Fire on their Shakespeare: Music & The Bard program in May.
Last summer, Ms. Helm was heard as Norina in the Janiec Opera Company’s production of Don Pasquale. Ms. Helm completed her master’s degree in the spring of 2017 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. At the Shepherd School, Ms. Helm appeared as Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Nireno in Giulio Cesare, Lucia in a scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, Nannetta in a scene from Falstaff, and Cobweb in Rice’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In the 2014-2015 season, she was a featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Grand Rapids Symphony, including the performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Grand Rapids’ collaborative LiveArts concert event in VanAndel Arena, and on the premiere of new works with the MusicNOW series and the annual Symphony with Soul. That same season she was also heard with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as a soloist for Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Schubert’s Salve Regina.
Named “West Michigan’s leading young soprano” by Opera Grand Rapids after winning their 2013 Collegiate Vocal Competition, Ms. Helm has performed with the company as Mrs. Sem in Britten’s Noah’s Flood, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and in the choruses of Carmen and Samson and Delilah.
A Michigan native, Ms. Helm studied in the opera studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, she performed the role of Laurie in Copland’s Tender Land. During that time she also performed as a soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and for two consecutive years was awarded the Jessye Norman Scholarship of Promise by the Great Lakes Regional Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Ms. Helm is a student of Julie Simson and Nicholas Loren.