Stuart Skelton is acknowledged as one of the finest heldentenors of his generation, being critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty and intensely dramatic portrayals.
Stuart has appeared in many of the world's most celebrated opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Vienna State Opera. His roles include the title roles in Lohengrin, Rienzi, Parsifal, Dmitrij and Peter Grimes as well as Florestan in Fidelio, Laca in Jenufa, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, The Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Prince in Rusalka, Max in Der Freischütz and Siegmund in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
"Skelton's virile, baritonal Siegmund, with the most thrilling cries of Nothung and Wälse since the prime of James King"- Opera
He continues to be in demand on concert stages around the world, in repertoire that includes Mahler's Das Klagende Lied and Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Verdi's Requiem, Dvorak's Requiem, Janácek's Glagolitic Mass and the Psalmus Hungaricus of Kodály. Stuart has appeared with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich Radio Symphony Orchestras, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras of Scotland and Wales and the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Western Australia and Tasmania. He has also appeared at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals, and in the BBC Proms.
Throughout his career Stuart has been fortunate enough to work with many acclaimed conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Ji%u0159i Bčlohlavek, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Mariss Jansons, Phillipe Jordan, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Sebastian Weigle, Franz Welser-Möst and Simone Young.
"It is the Grimes of the young Australian Stuart Skelton %u2014 surely the finest on a London stage since the celebrated Jon Vickers %u2014 who sets the seal on the evening. " - Sunday Times.
His most recent recordings were Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Tilson-Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Other recordings include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Die Walküre under Asher Fisch with the State Opera of South Australia for which he won the 2007 Academie du Disc Lyrique - Lauritz Melchior Award. Stuart also appears as King Arthur on the Teatro Real, Madrid's DVD of Merlin, released by Opus Arte.
Past seasons have seen Stuart return to the Hamburg State Opera as Siegmund in a new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, The Zurich Opera in the same role and the English National Opera in the title role of a new production of Peter Grimes as well as his role debut as Boris in Kat'a Kabanova. More recently he has made his Seattle Opera debut as Siegmund, his Chicago Symphony debut at Ravinia in Das Lied von der Erde with James Conlon and performed at the Tanglewood Festival in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He returned to Opera Australia in a new production of Peter Grimes and reprised his award winning performance as Mitch in Andre Previn's A Streetcar named Desire. Stuart also made his house debut with Opera National de Bordeaux in one of his signature roles, Laca in Jen%u016Ffa. His role debut as Canio with the West Australian Opera garnered great public and critical acclaim and he was highly lauded for his recent concert performances of Act 1 of Die Walküre with the BBC Scottish Symphony under Donald Runnicles.
"Stuart Skelton is the finest Laca I have ever heard." - Financial Times
Future plans include Parsifal in Zurich, Das Klagende Lied at the BBC Proms, Das Lied von der Erde with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Peter Grimes with the New National Theater, Tokyo and Drum Major in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera.
Stuart has been honoured with the 2005 Sir Robert Helpmann Award for his performance of Siegmund in the State Opera of South Australia's production of the The Ring Cycle, a 2010 Green Room Award for A Streetcar named Desire and with the 2010 Sir Robert Helpmann Award for Best Male Performer in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Peter Grimes. Stuart was also nominated for an Olivier Award in Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his performances as Peter Grimes with the English National Opera.
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