Emerging Artist Profile:
Chelsea Kutyn

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

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Magda: "The Consul"

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2018- Mavis: "City Workers in Love"

2018- Second Spirit: "Die Zauberflöte"

2017- Lapak: "Cunning Little Vixen" (Příhody lišky Bystroušky)

2017- Chorus: "Eugene Onegin"

2017- Chorus: "Carousel"

2017- Chorus: "Patience"

Practice, practice, practice and then more practice! But also a lot of research, and time spent working with my teacher and an accompanist. Since this is my third time at NUOVA I'm also mentally preparing myself for the lack of sleep, long hours of rehearsals, and tremendous amount of personal challenges and growth that I know lie ahead! :)

The opportunity to work with and learn from the amazing faculty and peers from across the country, combined with jam packed days of stage work and courses, makes NUOVA's programs like a bootcamp for personal growth that pushes me farther than I thought I could go and then continues to push me past that. That is why I keep coming back.

Artist Bio

Despite the turbulent last few years, Canadian soprano Chelsea Kutyn is charging full steam ahead; winning the Rose Bowl, George H. Price Memorial Scholarship, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Community Concert Performance Award from the Winnipeg Music Festival (April 2022). This season, Chelsea also makes her debut as "Magda" from Menotti's The Consul with Opera NUOVA (July 2022) and "Susannah" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with Manitoba Underground Opera (Aug 2022). 

In addition, this fall, Chelsea will complete her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with Monica Huisman at the University of Manitoba and audition for young artist programs.

Among others, recent performances include Chelsea's debut as “Poppea” in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea (Desautels Faculty of Music Chamber Opera- February 2022) and musical theatre scenes in the roles of "Sergeant Sarah" from Guys and Dolls, "Velma Kelly" from Chicago, "Catherine Parr" from Six, and "Beth" from Merrily We Roll Along (Desautels Faculty of Music Theatre Ensemble- April 2022).  

Past projects include Pacific Opera Victoria’s “Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet,” a mentorship program for authentic storytelling and community engagement through workshops and digital projects.

Brimming with endless curiosity, Chelsea’s eagerness to learn led her to complete two degrees from the University of Victoria: a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Entrepreneurship (2016) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance (2020) under the direction of Benjamin Butterfield.  In 2020, Chelsea was honoured with the prestigious Victoria Medal for possessing the highest graduating GPA in the Faculty of Fine Arts. 

Following the advice of mentor Ben Butterfield who said, “Don’t bore me!” Chelsea plans to use her skills from business and performing to explore opportunities in classical music, music theatre, and voice over work.