A graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, accomplished young bass Nicholas Masters won First Prize and Audience Choice in the 2013 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He was a National Grand Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, second prize winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, and finalist and recipient of encouragement awards from the 2011 Opera Index, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and George London Foundation Awards. The 2014-2015 season included his return to English National Opera for Ashby in Girl of the Golden West, singing the roles of Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, and covering the role of the Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress in his Metropolitan Opera debut. The 2015-2016 season will see returns to ENO as Colline in La bohème and the Metropolitan Opera to cover Sir Walter Raleigh in Roberto Devereux.