Chelsea Burns is an Australian soprano. Chelsea is a current member of the Westfarmers Arts Young Artist program at West Australian Opera, a position she has held since 2019. She made her solo debut with the company in 2020 when she played the role of Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone.
She completed her Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Mary Plazas and Ann Taylor. During her studies, she trained as a mezzo-soprano and her stage credits at the RNCM include Carmen in a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen, Louise in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne, and Didymus in Handel’s Theodora.
Over 2018, Chelsea was fortunate enough to work with Opera North in Leeds, UK. She shadowed the role of Kate Pinkerton in Tim Albery’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and was a part of their Chorus Mentorship Scheme.
Before moving to England, Chelsea attended the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music and again in 2015 with a Graduate Diploma of Music. Patricia Price and Linda Barcan oversaw her tutelage at this academy. Her stage credits at WAAPA include the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Marianna in Ricci’s La serva e l’ussero, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cecilia March in Adamo’s Little Women.