Trudy Chalmers – in addition to her many duties at City Opera -- is an administrator, soprano, opera producer, artistic director and founder of Opera Opulenza and co-founder of the Vegan Congress.
Trudy studied voice at Capilano University, going on to study privately in Montréal and the UK. She began work in education administration in 2003 at the University of Sunderland in England. She then took a one-year position at the University of York as administrator/advanced MSc course secretary for the department of Computer Science, before accepting the role of academic program administrator for the MDes/MFA Material Practice & 3D Design programs in the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the University of Brighton. As well, Trudy worked as project officer, responsible for the assignment of students to volunteer positions throughout the arts community.
Since 2009, she has worked as Administrative Assistant to the Dean in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University. In 2014, Trudy opened Opera Opulenza, both to provide an educational space for singers and a performance outlet for challenging, rarely-performed operas. Her first mainstage opera production, The Tales of Hoffmann, was performed at the York Theatre in 2017. Opera Opulenza is currently part of a 3-year community engagement project in an artist-in-residency program at the Oak Park Fieldhouse granted by the City of Vancouver. Trudy leads a community opera chorus, teaches singing, and creates events and workshops for the residence of Marpole and Oakridge as well as the Emily Carr community.