On the operatic stage, Canadian-American soprano Chelsea Mahan has been noticed for her panache of character (La Presse, 2015) but is equally at home in musical theatre, soundtrack recording, oratorio, recital settings and productions in unconventional spaces. These intimate performances in warehouses and abandoned churches include the roles of Monica in The Medium and Laurette in Bizet’s comedy Le Docteur Miracle.
Ms. Mahan has recently returned to Saskatchewan from Montreal, where she was a recipient of the Graduate Excellence Award and a graduate of the Masters of Music program at McGill University. During her time there, Ms. Mahan appeared with Opera McGill as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Tytania inA Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As a prize-winning competitor, her achievements include first prize in the 65th Young Artist Series Western Concert tour and first prize in the prestigious Gordon Wallis Opera Competition. Most recently, Ms. Mahan was appointed a Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and named a finalist in the Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Cantanti Lirici in Riva del Garda, Italy.
Ms. Mahan has made appearances with La Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Opera Nuova, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Saskatoon Opera, Stu&Jess Productions and most recently, Little Opera on the Prairie where she was seen on stage in Poulenc’s one-woman opera La Voix Humaine. Ms. Mahan is currently involved in projects throughout Western Canada, creating and collaborating to celebrate established repertoire and to introduce fresh music to audiences, old and new. [www.chelseamahan.com]