Cast Bio – Chelsea Lehnea, Donna Anna

Hailed for her “warm, agile and full voice”, soprano Chelsea Lehnea is quickly establishing herself as exciting young artist equally at home on both the concert and opera stage. A 2016 alumna of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program, Ms. Lehnea made her Washington National Opera debut as Sister Catherine in Francesca Zambello’s 2017 production of Dead Man Walking. In the winter of 2018, she joined the roster of Sarasota Opera to both perform Frasquita in Carmen and cover Adalgisa in Norma. She also made her New York debut with her initial exploration of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, performing excerpts from the opera under the aegis of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Future commitments include Ms. Lehnea’s company debut with St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) during the autumn of 2018, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and a company debut with Bel Cantanti Opera (Washington DC) as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice.

She recently completed her tenure with the University of Maryland’s Maryland Opera Studio, performing the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Alexandra (Xan) in Blitzstein’s Regina, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. In previous seasons, she performed the roles of Ruth in Christopher Patton’s A Family Reunion with the Maryland Opera Studio and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Harrower Opera Workshop.

Ms. Lehnea is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland where she earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance, and is also a graduate of Lee University where she earned her Bachelor of Music cum laude in Vocal Performance.

She has performed on masterclasses with Peter Sellars, Tomer Zvulun, Carroll Freeman, Thomas Synofzik, and Dale Warland. She currently studies with Soprano Carmen Balthrop.

​When not in rehearsals, she enjoys hiking Appalachia, experimenting with vegan culinary arts, and cuddling her cat, Shiley.  This is her first time on the SPO stage.