Emerging Artist Profile:
Chelsea Kutyn

Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: British Columbia
City: Victoria

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Mavis: City Workers in Love

Second Spirit: The Arctic Flute

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2017- Lapak: The Cunning Little Vixen 

2017- Chorus: Eugene Onegin

2017-Chorus: Patience

2017- Chorus: Carousel


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • The best way I know how to prepare for a role is to spend a lot of time working on the text first. For me, the storytelling is the most important part, and having a clear understanding of the motivations and meaning behind the words informs how I should perform the piece. That being said, it must also sound good, so I spend a lot of time in the practice rooms.

What attracts you to NUOVA's programs? Why this year?

  • What I love about NUOVA is that you get to throw yourself into the deep end and learn to swim and problem solve as you go. I’ve grown so much as a performer and a person because of my time at NUOVA and I owe it to the amazing team of faculty and performers. That’s why I’m back this year and I can’t wait to get started.


Artist Bio     

Canadian operatic soprano Chelsea Kutyn’s beautiful warmth, resonant clear sound, and charismatic stage presence earned her the roles of “Lapak” in Cunning Little Vixen with Opera NUOVA, and “Tenka” in Jenufa with Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) directed by Atom Egoyan. Chelsea has charmed audiences in a wide range of repertoire from concert soloist to “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret with Langham Court Theatre, and “Sister Margaretta” in The Sound of Music with Victoria Operatic Society.  A fearless performer with fifteen years of classical dance training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she is studying with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria in voice performance. In addition to her musical accomplishments, Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in entrepreneurship. After singing in La Bohème with POV this winter, Chelsea returns to Opera NUOVA in May appearing as “Mavis” in City Workers in Love, and “Second Spirit” in The Magic Flute.