Wexford soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson holds a BMus Ed. from TCD and a Masters in Music performance (MMus) from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She was a member of NI opera studio 2018-19 and is a current member of the Irish National Opera studio 2019-20. In 2019 she won both the Dramatic Cup and Margaret and Tony Quigley Award at the 2019 Feis Ceoil. She was also selected as a ‘Rising Star’ by University Concert Hall, Limerick, and was a company artist with Cork Opera House. She made her Wexford Festival Opera debut last Autumn as La Fée in a ShortWorks production of Viardot’s Cendrillon and as a member of the chorus in Massenet's Don Quichotte. She received both the PwC bursary as an emerging Irish artist in the company and the Liam Healy bursary.
She made her debut with Opera Collective Ireland last year, singing the role of Vespetta in the Irish premiere of Telemann's Pimpinone at the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the role of Donal in the world premiere of Raymond Deane’s Vagabones. Other operatic roles include Chloé in Offenbach's Daphnis et Chloé (Northern Ireland Opera), Edith in Gilbert & Sullivan's The 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).