Wexford soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B Mus Ed) and TU Dublin (MMus). She was a member of Irish National Opera’s ABL Aviation Studio 2019-21 and a member of Northern Ireland Opera Studio 2018-19. Recent INO engagements include Irene Buckley’s Ghost Apples for last year’s critically-acclaimed 20 Shots of Opera and guest soloist at a live-streamed Mezzo Masterpieces concert at Castletown House. She made her Wexford Festival Opera debut in 2019 singing La Fée in a ShortWorks production of Viardot’s Cendrillon and was praised for her “essentially sparkling performance” in OperaJournal. That year she was awarded a PwC/Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Young Artist Bursary and also the festival’s Liam Healy Bursary. Also in 2019 she won first prize in the Dramatic Cup and Margaret & Tony Quigley Awards at Feis Ceoil and was selected as a Rising Star by UCH Limerick. She also created the role of Dónal O’Dare in Raymond Deane’s Vagabones with Opera Collective Ireland. Other notable roles include Vespetta in the Irish premiere of Telemann’s Pimpinone at Killaloe Chamber Music Festival under Peter Whelan, Chloe in Offenbach’s Daphnis and Chloe (Northern Ireland Opera), Edith in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (Cork Opera House), Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Clyde Opera Group, Glasgow), Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar) and Daniel in a staged performance of Handel’s Susanna (DIT Opera Ensemble).