Shelley Burton, a native of Plano, Texas, holds a Master of Music from Loyola University New Orleans and a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University. Shelley has a passion for new operatic works; she has sung in two world premieres: Virginia Snow in the Lionel Lackey’s “mini-opera” From Little to Less, Alita Allegra in Chris Burton’s The Self Portrait of Jonathan Jenkins, and in the fall will premiere the title role in Chris Burton’s second opera, The Nightingale. She has appeared in productions of Les Pecheurs de perles, Un ballo in Maschera, Madama Butterfly, and Carmina Burana with the New Orleans Opera Chorus, and as a soloist for the company’s popular casual concert series “Opera on Tap.” Recent roles include Quark Sister #1 in Bilotta’s Quantum Mechanic, Ein Sklave in Strauss’s Salome, Wanda in Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers and Berginelle in Offenbach’s Le Perichole. She has been seen onstage as a soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata No. 51, Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, the premiere of Forrest Pierce’s Tighten to Nothing, and has performed in Germany, France, Texas, Kansas, and Louisiana. Shelley is the Artistic Director of New Fangled Opera.