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Deirdre Masterson  
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Deirdre Masterson
Head of Vocal Studies/Company Director

Deirdre Masterson currently acts as Performing Arts Dean for Irish American University and director of The Irish College of Music Theatre, leading the introduction of Music Theatre into the Irish institution’s suite of educational offerings. Ms Masterson has an extensive background in performance- opera, operetta, recital, concert and recordings to critical acclaim.

A native from Gorey Co. Wexford, Deirdre started her music studies at a young age in the Wexford School of music under the direction of Alan Cutts. She made her Wexford International Opera Festival debut at the tender age of twelve playing the part of the “spirit,” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Deirdre received a full scholarship to study opera and drama at third level with Dr. Veronica Dunne and graduated from DIT with a performance masters in music education. She made her professional operatic debut with Opera Ireland at eighteen playing the parts of “Sandman,” and “Dewfairy,” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She has many awards and accolades to her credit including the title of being the youngest singer ever to win the Gervase Elwes award at Feis Ceoil Dublin and winning a scholarship to study with the renowned Wagnarian soprano Astrid Varnay in Munich. Deirdre is a seasoned concertartist performing from our National Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.

A founding member of “The Irish Sopranos,” Deirdre has performed to sell out tours on both sides of the Atlantic over the last decade and enjoyed chart success with both their album releases “A Time for Us,” and “Believe.” Deirdre is a featured artist on many recordings including “Faith of our Fathers,” “Who fears to speak,” and her own album entitled “My Song.”

In 2011, Deirdre formed The Irish College of Music Theatre – Ireland’s first Musical Theatre College providing fully accredited third level courses in business partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology where she has just completed her MMus in Music Education. Currently The Irish College of Music Theatre has opened a successful branch in Wexford’s National Opera House, nurturing young talent wishing to progress onto third level performing arts programmes.

On March 11 th Deirdre’s single of Phil Coulter’s “Scorn Not His Simplicity” reached Number 1 in the Irish iTunes charts where all proceeds are donated to Down Syndrome Field of Dreams project. Upcoming performances include The National Concert Hall on May 3 rd and The National Opera House June 15th.