Andrew Masterson awarded young artist bursary

Tenor Andrew Masterson is one of two singers awarded a 2019 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Young Artist Bursary.

Supporting and celebrating emerging Irish talent, the initiative provides financial support to young opera singers by contributing towards the many costs associated with furthering their careers.

Andrew, left, with fellow winner Kelli-Ann Masterson, David Agler, Artistic Director of Wexford Festival Opera, and Jean Delaney, Tax partner, PwC

Andrew, original from Omagh but based in Manchester, graduated from the RNCM in 2019. He 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: ‘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.’

22 October 2019