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About Her

Known for her plush voice and incredible acting chops, lyric soprano Schyler Sheltrown has garnered international acclaim. Her performance as Jin Zi in The Savage Land, sung entirely in Mandarin, was hailed as ‘one of the best Jin Zi’s ever seen’ by China Today. As dynamic online as she is onstage, Schyler uses her social media presence to further educate the general public about opera. Despite Covid-19 complications, she was able to spend this past summer with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, putting together the film version of Mark Adamo's Lysistrata

Originally from West Michigan, Sheltrown is heralded as one of “the country’s most vibrant up-and-coming singers” and “a lovely lyric soprano” by the Toledo Blade for her title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe. This young star performs regularly in the Great Lakes Region. These performances include the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La boheme, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Romilda in Serse, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, The Page in Rigoletto, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem, and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue. She also had the pleasure of voicing Joan of Arc as a soprano soloist in Voices of Light with the Rackham Choir at the Detroit Film Theatre. She was a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition (2017) and, in the same year, lent her talents to The Library of Congress through the Comic Opera Guild for the first recording of The Free Lance by John Philip Sousa. She has received national recognition, gaining an Encouragement Award in the Michigan District of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in 2015 and 2016, First Place in the Scholarship Division of the National Opera Association's solo voice competition (2014), as well as numerous other competitions and prizes.


Miss Sheltrown is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her Master of Music (2016) as a Mackey Scholar under the tutelage of Melanie Helton, along with her Bachelor of Music (2014). In her time at MSU, she performed numerous lead roles, sang for the likes of Renee Fleming, Daniel Beckwith, and Luretta Bybee, and had the privilege to travel with the MSU-China Project (2012, 2014, and 2016). Her most recent journey afforded her the opportunity to perform the role of Jin Zi in The Savage Land, entirely in Mandarin and under the stage direction of renowned baritone Haijing Fu. Madame Li Daochuan, wife of the late composer, attended Miss Sheltrown's performance in Beijing. Concerning her portrayal of the noted heroine, Li said, "'She is the best Jin Zi I have ever seen.'" (Full review below). A documentary of her experience can be found on the MSUToday YouTube channel.
 

Schyler is delighted to continue her singing endeavors this year, despite numerous hurdles due to COVID-19. She has nurtured her online presence via social media, and was able to participate with Opera Grand Rapids in their Singing In Place series. Last summer, she spent her evenings with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, putting together their Opera Without Walls series (episodes available on the company's YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram). In March 2021, she made her digital debut with /kor/ productions as Leïla in Pearl Fishers (episodes available on the company's YouTube beginning March 11).