"The Lyric summit belonged to soprano Chelsea Rus as Lauretta. O Mio Babbino caro soared without losing its youthful spirit (and infectious six-eight metre.)"- The Gazette
Canadian Soprano Chelsea Rus is a recent graduate of McGill University (M.Mus) and winner of the Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Competition. Rus has appeared repeatedly as a soloist with many of the prominent symphonies on the West Coast of Canada, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Rus recently joined the Orchestra Symphonique de Laval in Quebec this past December as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Rus had her first performance in Europe very early on in her operatic career. In 2013, she appeared as Lisak from the Cunning Little Vixen with the Usti nad Labem Opera House in the Czech Republic. As a winner of the 2014 Johann Strauss Competition, Chelsea had the opportunity to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with distinguished sopranos Helen Donath and Anna Tomowa-Sintow. In 2015, Chelsea travelled to Amsterdam as a finalist in the prestigious Belvedere International Competition.
Chelsea is an avid recitalist and has a passion for art song. She recently performed a recital of Schubert, Strauss, Britten and Poulenc cycles at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone. She has performed numerous song recitals in Montreal at Christ Church Cathedral, Pollack Hall, and most recently with the Société d'Art Vocal de Montreal.
Rus is currently a resident young artist at the Atelier Lyrique at the Opéra de Montreal and will appear as Frasquita in Carmen with the ensemble at Opera de Montreal in May. Her most recent operatic appearances include Venus (Venus & Adonis, Opera McGill, 2014), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Opera McGill, 2015), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, Kelowna Opera, 2015), Beth (Little Women, Opera McGill 2015), and Adina (L’Elisir D’Amore, Opera McGill, 2016). This past summer Rus performed the role of Female Chorus in The Banff Centre’s production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia as a part of the Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century festival. The summer of 2017, Chelsea will perform Frasquita in Carmen with the Brott Opera Summer festival in Ontario and Flowermaid in Parsifal with the Orchestre Métropolitain with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as a part of the Festival de Lanaudière in Montreal.