Nicholas Masters -- a 2011 Metropolitan Opera Auditions finalist -- will sing at a benefit for Pro Arte on July 17.

A recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, accomplished young bass Masters is a National Grand Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, Second Prize Winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and finalist and recipient of encouragement awards from the 2011 Opera Index and George London Foundation Awards.

During his two consecutive seasons as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap he was featured as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Tempo and Nettuno in "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria," Benoit and Alcindoro in "La bohème" and in a recital titled "Latin Days, American Nights" with Steven Blier.

This past season at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Masters created the role of the Governor in the world premiere of Margaret Garwood's "The Scarlet Letter" and performed Leporello and Commendatore in Mozart's "Don Giovanni," as well as Count Waldner in Richard Strauss' "Arabella." Other roles at AVA include Colline in "La bohème," La Roche in "Capriccio," Pistola in "Falstaff," Raimondo in "Lucia di Lammermoor," Lord Rochefort in "Anna Bolena" and Oroveso in excerpts of "Norma."

Previously, Masters made his debut as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. While pursuing his master's degree in the opera program at Yale University, he sang a variety of repertoire, including Baron Bluebeard in "Bluebeard's Castle," Don Inigo Gomez in "L'heure espagnole," Frank in "Die Fledermaus" and Luka in "The Bear." This fall he will join the Houston Grand Opera Studio with performances of Basilio in "Il barbiere di Siviglia" and Doctor Grenville in "La Traviata."

Masters attended New Canaan public schools, and sang in the Madrigal ensemble at NCHS. Pro Arte Singers conductor and former NCHS choral director Arthur Sjogren was Masters' first voice teacher.

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