"Masters was the star of the show... While her high notes were fearless and beautiful, Masters' lower voice was irresistible and sexy and the transition from one range to another was seamless and smooth." - Parterre Box
Hailed by The New York Times as "immensely likable" with a "warm and fresh soprano," Marie Masters Webb continues to be recognized for her outstanding technical skills, passionate musicianship, and dynamic acting in both standard and obscure repertoire. In recent seasons, Marie took on the role of Stephana in Giordano's Siberia with Teatro Grattacielo. She won critical acclaim in the title role of Titus's Rosina in its New York premiere, and in her role debut as Lady Billows in Albert Herring with Vashon Opera.
Highlights of Marie's 2015 season include the role of Mrs. Ford in a rare production of Antonio Salieri’s Falstaff with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York City. Marie created the role of Jeanette in the newly-discovered classical opera L’Amant Anonyme with Little Opera Theatre of New York, and returned to LOTNY as Tess in Carlisle Floyd's Markheim.
"Articulate and fervent" - The New York Times
The Cleveland Plain Dealer called Marie “as feisty and endearing a Susanna
[Le nozze di Figaro] as you’re likely to find,” and her performance of Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Western Reserve was declared “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 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 again from The Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “sweet, plummy tone” as the soprano soloist in Faure’s Requiem with The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
"By far the strongest singer in the cast [was] the
delightful soprano Marie Masters. Her lyric voice easily soared and dipped through Mrs. Ford's playful music ..."
- New York Observer
A dedicated arts advocate, Marie seeks out opportunities to cultivate new audiences for opera, performing in concerts such as the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center’s Opera 101 at the Kaplan Penthouse and Camerata New York’s Arias for Spring. Together with her husband, tenor Anthony Webb, she performs regularly to benefit New York City's homeless in fundraising concerts such Comfort Ye and Harlem Divas and Divos headlined by Lauren Flanigan.
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.