In the 2023/2024 Season, Chelsea Laggan brings her “memorably timbred dark mezzo” (Opera News) to multiple debuts, beginning with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem. She then sings Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody at the Kimmel Center, and later Handel’s Messiah, with VoxAmaDeus. In February 2024, Chelsea will make her house and role debut singing in the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Sarasota Opera.
In Spring 2022, Ms. Laggan originated the role of Nelly/Heather in the world premiere concert version of Kevin Puts’ The Hours with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Chelsea has also brought a number of classic mezzo characters to life in performance with regional companies–highlights including Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Zita in Gianni Schicci, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Erda in Das Rheingold, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Ježibaba in Rusalka, and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica.
Along with her extensive opera repertoire, Ms. Laggan has wide-ranging performance experience singing sacred and secular concert music with orchestras across the country.
Ms. Laggan is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, and in 2023, is a Career Bridges Grant Winner, Jensen Vocal Competition Finalist, and Elizabeth Connell Prize Quarter-Finalist. She is also a recipient of prizes from the Camille Coloratura Awards, the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and the WRTI Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Audience Choice Award.