Coloratura soprano Chelsea Hollow performs with San Francisco Bay Area companies including The San Francisco Opera Guild, The Lamplighters, Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, and 42nd Street Moon. In summer of 2014, Chelsea joined Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh‘s Summerfest to cover the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. There she also performed the role of Joujou in Lehár’s The Merry Widow as well as several mini operatic bar vignettes which came together to form Roger Zahab‘s new opera, Happy Hour. Favorite roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos/Strauss), Amy March (Little Women/Adamo), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor/Mozart), Lucy (The Telephone/Menotti), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann/Offenbach), Adina (Elixir of Love/Donizetti), Dorine (Tartuffe/Mechem), and The Virgin Mary in the world premiere of Peter B. Allen’s The Message of Gabriel.
As a concert soloist, she has performed Allegri’s Miserere with The Cathedral Chorus of St. Mary of the Assumption and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the San Francisco State University Chorus. Musical theater experience includes Carroll Beamish (Very Warm for May/Kern) and Rapunzel (Into the Woods/Sondheim). Other appearances include the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Concerto & Aria Concert where she was featured as the competition winner performing “Bester Jüngling” (Der Schauspieldirektor/Mozart) and “Ah! Je veux vivre” (Roméo et Juliette/Gounod). In Spring 2010, Chelsea was recognized as a finalist in West Bay Opera’s Henry and Maria Holt Scholarship Competition.
A great lover of contemporary music, Ms. Hollow works with local San Francisco Bay Area composers regularly to premiere art song and operas. In Fall 2014, Chelsea was recognized as the winner of the BluePrint New Music Concerto Competition where she performed Schönberg’s rarely performed work, “Herzgewächse.” In Spring 2013, Chelsea joined the Hot Air Festival as the soprano soloist in Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s To One In Paradise. Chelsea holds a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from San Francisco State University. Spring 2015 performances include Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with West Bay Opera and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona with the San Francisco Opera Guild.