Chelsea will be making her international debut performing the role of Mina Harker in Federico Ibarra‘s gothic thriller, Despertar al Sueño. This coproduction between West Bay Opera of Palo Alto, CA and Escenia Ensamble of Mexico City, MX will be performed over two weekends in Guadalajara and San Francisco! (see dates below) The Guadalajara performance will take place at the historic Teatro Degollado and SF performances will be at Z-Space. Despertar al Sueño lauches West Bay Opera’s New Opera Works program, designed to showcase outstanding works by Latin American contemporary opera composers and artists.
This fascinating take on “Dracula”, the great Bram Stoker Gothic novel, is set in a mental institution. Jonathan Harker is imprisoned there after having been convicted of the rape and murder of several women. In Ragnar Conde’s staging, the gothic vampire story is revealed as a horrifying examination of the silence surrounding mental illness. Propelled by Ibarra’s highly atmospheric and captivating score the work blurs limits and makes us question notions of good and evil.
Cast and Direction:
Harker: Juan Carlos Martín del Campo
Drácula: Josué Cerón
Mina: Chelsea Hollow
Woman No. 1: Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai
Woman No. 2: Verónica Jensen
Ragnar Conde, Stage Director
José Luis Moscovich, Musical Director
Pedro Pazarán, Lighting and stage design
Gabriel Ancira, Costume design
Pamela Garduño, Executive producer
Mariana Medina, Assistant stage director
10/29/2016 at 8pm, Teatro Degollado
10/30/2016 at 12pm, Teatro Degollado
For more information, click here.
San Francisco Performances
11/5/2016 at 8pm, Z-Space
11/6/2016 at 3pm, Z-Space
Visit, z-space.com for more information and online ticket purchases.
Chelsea is so excited to work with the San Francisco Opera Guild again, bringing opera into the schools! She’ll be joining 5 casts of singers who will be performing in a reduction of Donizetti’s work which includes a cast of 10 students from each school. This charming piece lends itself perfectly to such audiences and is sure to be a rewarding experience for all involved. For more information on how to get this performance at your school, visit: SF Opera Guild’s Site.
Chelsea is honored to join such an incredible cast in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with West Edge Opera. She’ll be singing the roles of Chocholka (the crested hen who loses her mind when her lover, the rooster, is killed) as well as Páskova.
“Ingratiatingly delightful… An abandoned train station may seem an odd place to run across a clutch of singing animals and Czech rustics. The magic of this production makes it seem entirely plausible.” – Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle
Suffused with Janacek’s bewitching blend of lyrical modernism and central European folk melody, The Cunning Little Vixen also has the distinction of being the only opera in the repertory based on a graphic novel. Any performance of Vixen is an occasion, so come take in the menagerie as we present Janacek’s late masterpiece–requested by the composer himself as his memorial.
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California
tickets and more information available at: westbayopera.org
note: there will also be a free preview (highlights of the opera) with piano on Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 8:00 p.m at Avenidas (450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, California)
Premiered in Vienna in 1782, Abduction was Mozart’s first big operatic hit in the Austrian capital. It’s a classy comedy about a Spanish nobleman’s expedition to Turkey to rescue his beloved, who had been kidnapped by pirates and sold into the Pasha Selim’s harem (or “seraglio”). Chelsea is thrilled to make her West Bay Opera debut in the role of Blonde! This production is being presented in the opera’s original “exotic” Turkish period setting, with lavish costumes and video-enhanced sets! Chelsea will be joining an incredible cast including Michael Desnoyers, Nikki Einfeld, Kevin Thompson, & Tapan Bhat.
March 7, 2015 5pm
Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Street, Piedmont CA
Chelsea is thrilled to perform again with the San Francisco Opera Guild in a benefit for the East Bay Charter. Proceeds go towards bringing SF Opera Outreach into the schools of the East Bay.
Come see Chelsea’s Serpina, the clever maid determined to become mistress of her household by seducing her master. This comic tale has been delighting audiences since 1733. With direction by Sarah Young, Chelsea joins Michael Orlinsky (Uberto) and Alan Briones (Vespone) in an updated version of this fun early comic opera. Get your tickets at SFOpera.com.
Richard Strauss’ 150th Birthday is June 11th, 2014! To celebrate, we will be throwing a birthday party recital. Together with Anne Hepburn Smith, Aurélie Veruni, Elayne Juten, Jonathan Smucker, Mike Desnoyers, Sepp Hammer, Sergey Khalikulov, Magdalena Schumanova, and Paul Dab, Chelsea will be presenting scenes from Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Rosenkavalier! As if that weren’t enough, it will be followed by a birthday party! Goulash, Spätzle, Cheese, Wine, and Cake will be served as a reception.
Join us and bring friends! It is sure to be a great evening.
Tickets can be purchased at the event with cash and credit card.
Chelsea’s Master’s Recital
Saturday, May 17th at 5pm (reception to follow)
SFCM Recital Hall, 50 Oak Street in SF
Accompanied by the talented, Mai-Linh Pham, Chelsea will present works by Grandval, Mozart, R. Strauss, Fleischer, and Heggie. Ms. Hollow is very excited to perform this selection of repertoire ranging from an early French Cantata to an Arabic song cycle.
The performance is free and will be followed by a small reception.
This thrilling musical by Michael John LaChiusa is full of flamenco dance and rhythms. Chelsea is playing Amelia, one of the daughters of Bernarda Alba, hid away from the outside world. As these girls grow up, they get hungry for a taste of the real world around them and the pressure builds. Chelsea is honored to be a part of this production. Please join us for a truly unique and thrilling day of music and dance!
The Magic Flute
March 9th, 16th, & 23rd in various SF Bay Area Theaters
Chelsea is thrilled to join Donald Pippin once again! She will be performing the adorable Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute opposite her talented husband, Jordan Eldredge, as Papageno!
Get your tickets now at pocketopera.org!
SFCM February Opera Scenes
Friday, February 7th, 7:30pm @ 50 Oak Street, SF
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Opera Department is presenting an early program of opera scenes. Come see Chelsea as The Little Prince (The Little Prince/Rachel Portman) and Clorinde (Cendrillon/Nicolas Isouard). It is sure to be a great evening of opera! Plus…it’s FREE!
SFCM Opera Scenes Concert for Children
Friday, February 14th, 11am @ 50 Oak Street, SF
Chelsea loves introducing opera to the youth of San Francisco in these outreach performances of operatic scenes. Join us for this fun show of scenes hand-picked to appeal to a youthful audience! Playing the contrasting roles of The Little Prince (The Little Prince/Rachel Portman) and Clorinde (Cendrillon/Nicolas Isouard), Chelsea will join an outstanding conservatory cast! Like most shows at the Conservatory, admission is FREE!
Eric Choate Graduate Recital
March 8th at 5pm
Chelsea is excited to work on this new trio of songs by SFCM composer Eric Choate. The three songs Epidermal Macabre, The Moment, My Papa’s Waltz, will be sung by Chelsea and accompanied by the composer on piano. More info coming soon!