Chelsea Burns is an Australian soprano. Previously a Westfarmers Arts Young Artist at West Australian Opera, she made her solo debut with the company in 2020 when she played the role of Lucy in a recorded version of Menotti’s The Telephone. She has since made her main stage debut as Brigitte in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and was the cover for Puccini’s Tosca, Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the Mother/Witch in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel.
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 the title role 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.