Emerging Artist Profile:
Kelsey Ronn

Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Coloratura Soprano
Province/Territory: Saskatchewan
City: Saskatoon

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Dorine: Tartuffe

Chorus: City Workers in Love

Previous NUOVA Roles:



How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • Between recital preparation and performances, I have been learning the role of “Dorine” from Tartuffe and “Chorus” from City Workers in Love. To prepare for NUOVA I has purchased the scores and has been doing text work (learning words/intension detail) and learning the music (rhythm/pitches). I will be continuing this process until my arrival on May 14th.

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

  • NUOVA’s program attracts me because it informs individuals on how to find their artistry and how to pursue a professional career in the opera/musical theatre world. I chose to apply this year because I felt I was ready to take on the vocal demands of the program.


Education: In process of BMus in Vocal Performance, University of Manitoba

Awards: Marcel A. Desautels Award Fund (2015, 2017), Patricia R Rogers Music Award (2015), Winnipeg Music Festival Richard W. Cooke Trophy (2017), Winnipeg Music Festival Tudor Bowl (2018).

Mentors/Inspirations: Tracy Dahl

Dream Roles: title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Cunegonde in Candide

Artist Bio     

Coloratura Soprano Kelsey Ronn is a “Born and Raised Prairie Girl” from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is enrolled at the University of Manitoba studying under Tracy Dahl. Her musical journey began at a young age, pursuing musical theatre. In time Kelsey discovered a love for the opera world. Kelsey has been involved in the U of M’s opera theatre ensemble, performing scenes from “L’elisir d’amour” by G. Donizetti (2016), “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Benjamin Britten (2017), “L’orfeo” (Ninfa) by Monteverdi (2017) and “La Rondine” by G. Puccini (2018). In the summer of 2017, Kelsey collaborated with Manitoba Underground Opera in their production of “Gianni Schicchi” (Gherardino). March 2016 and 2017, Kelsey was a Tudor Bowl finalist in the Winnipeg Music Festival. At the 2017 Festival she received the Richard W. Cooke Trophy. Most recently, Kelsey was awarded the 2018 Tudor Bowl.