Marie Masters Bio
American soprano Marie Masters is in high demand both in opera and concert. Highlights of Marie’s 2014-15 season include role debuts as Lady Billows in Albert Herring and as Mrs. Ford in a rare production of Antonio Salieri’s Falstaff with dell’Arte Opera in New York City. As a participant in Opera Singers Initiative’s 2014 Vocal Institutes in both New York City and Fairfield, Connecticut, Marie will be featured in numerous concerts, including the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center’s “Opera 101” at the Kaplan Penthouse, and in Camerata New York’s Arias for Spring concert series.
Marie has been praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “as feisty and endearing a Susanna [in Le nozze di Figaro] as you’re likely to find,” and her performance of Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Western Reserve was declared “truly magnificent” and “proof that even ‘smaller’ parts can generate tons of star power” (Cool Cleveland). Marie made her New York City debut in the role of Ännchen in Der Freischütz with Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York, and returned to the company to sing Pisana in I due Foscari.
An Ohio native, her appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra include the soprano solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria and in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Four Russian Peasant Songs under the baton of Pierre Boulez. She also sang the Trainbearer in Elektra with Franz Welser-Möst. Marie won critical acclaim singing the soprano solo in Faure’s Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
Highlights of Marie’s 2012 and 2013 seasons include Mimì in La bohème with Bronx Opera, and the title role in Manon with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. As a participant in the prestigious 2012 SongFest program in Los Angeles, Marie had the privilege of working with American composers William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, and John Musto.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University.