Obituary: Opera Memphis Favorite Chelsea Miller Dies

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Stephen Dillon)

Soprano Chelsea Miller has died of cancer.

Miller studied at Louisiana State University and the University of Memphis and went on to perform in multiple competitions including the National Opera Association’s annual voice competition where she placed second and was a 2014 regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

She went on to become a darling at Opera Memphis in Tennessee where she performed a number of roles with the company including The Soldier in the new opera “The Falling and the Rising” as well as the Queen of the Night and Zerlina.

She also sang with the Anchorage Opera, Ohio Light Summer, Chautauqua Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Her repertoire included Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Cunégonde in “Candide,” Yum-Yum in “The Mikado, Thérèse/Tirésias in “Les mamelles de Tirésias,” and Madame Silberklang in “Impresario,” among others.

In a statement, Opera Memphis said, “We lost a beloved artist, friend, colleague, and human being in Chelsea Miller this week. She was the darling of Opera Memphis, and the collective grief we share now is a reflection of the incredible impact she had in her too short life. As an artist and as a friend, Chelsea was generous, inspirational, and fearless. I hope we can all carry her legacy with us in our hearts and in our actions.”