PwC/Wexford Festival Opera 2019 ‘Emerging Young Artist’ Bursary Winners Announced

PwC and Wexford Festival Opera came together to celebrate emerging Irish talent as soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson and tenor Andrew Masterson who were named as the 2019 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winners. This initiative serves to support and celebrate Ireland’s Emerging

Young Artists from the opera world and helps to contribute towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.

Soprano Kelli-Ann Masterson from Gorey Co. Wexford,is making her debut at the Festival this year and will perform in two of the main evening operas, Don Quichotte and Dorilla in Tempe as well as sing the principal role of Le Fée (Fairy Godmother) in the daytime Shortwork production of Cendrillon (Cinderella).

Tenor Andrew Masterson, a native of Omagh but based in Manchester will return to Wexford for the second year running to perform in all three main evening operas, Don Quichotte, Dorilla in Tempe and Adina. 

Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director, David Agler, said of the two singers, “Since its inception, people have come to Wexford in the hopes of discovering a new ‘rising star’.  Over the years, audiences have had many opportunities to say, ‘I heard them in Wexford first’.  We are delighted to partner with PwC in supporting young, Irish talent.It is my honour to award these two very promising young singers who are making a great contribution to the 2019 Wexford Festival company.”

Jean Delaney, Tax Partner, PwC, said, “Having the right skills is critical for success and PwC has a strong history of championing talent development. With great talent and wonderful productions, Wexford Festival Opera plays a central role in bringing business people and the world of the arts together.  We are proud to continue to partner with Wexford Festival Opera on this exciting initiative.”

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The 68th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.