Stuart Skelton, tenor

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Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.
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LondonAlice Coote performs Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Oratorio for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.38
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Alice Coote; Stuart Skelton; Alan Ewing; BBC Symphony Chorus

MilanFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Myung-Whun Chung; Deborah Warner; Teatro alla Scala; Chloe Obolensky; Stuart Skelton; Simone Schneider

MunichSchumann, Mahler

Schumann, Mahler
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Magdalena Kožená; Stuart Skelton
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A powerful Peter Grimes in Edinburgh

Stuart Skelton’s visceral Peter Grimes is matched by a strong cast with thrilling playing and singing from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
****1
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Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

Skelton's Florestan provides the power in a refined, elegant performance that brings out the beauty in Beethoven's score.
***11
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Stunning revival of Jenůfa in Munich

Munich revived a thoughtful modern production of Janáček's Jenůfa, with fine orchestral direction and strong singing doing full justice to the rich score.
****1
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Biography

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, Dresden Semperoper, 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, Canio in Pagliacci, 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, Dvořak’s Requiem, Janáček’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, Berlin Philharmonic, 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 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Jiři Bèlohlavek, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Daniele Gatti, Mariss Jansons, Phillipe Jordan, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, and Franz Welser-Möst

“It is the Grimes of the young Australian Stuart Skelton — surely the finest on a London stage since the celebrated Jon Vickers — who sets the seal on the evening. “ - Sunday Times.

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. In 2009 he 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. In 2010 Stuart also made his house debut with Opera National de Bordeaux in one of his signature roles, Laca in Jenůfa.

“Stuart Skelton is the finest Laca I have ever heard.” - Financial Times

His Metropolitan debut as the Drum Major in Wozzeck garnered great critical acclaim, and he was highly lauded for recent concert performances of Die Walküre with the BBC Scottish Symphony under Donald Runnicles. Other recent engagements include Lohengrin at the Dresden Semperoper, Parsifal with the Zurich Opera and ENO, Das Klagende Lied at the BBC Proms, the Drum Major in Wozzeck at the Santa Fe Opera, and Das Lied von der Erde with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Future engagements include Peter Grimes at the Opera de Oviedo and the New National Theatre Tokyo, the title role of Oedipus Rex in the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Das Lied von der Erde with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, Siegmund in Die Walküre with the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera and Opera Australia , concerts with the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and Hermannn in Pique Dame with the Sydney Symphony.

"Stuart Skelton's Parsifal - lusty, virile, heroic - towers above everyone" - Financial Times

Stuart has twice been honoured with the Sir Robert Helpmann Award: once for his performance as Siegmund in the State Opera of South Australia's 2005 Ring Cycle, and again in 2010 for his portrayal of Peter Grimes for Opera Australia. Also in 2010, he received a Green Room Award for A Streetcar Named Desire, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his performances as Peter Grimes with the English National Opera.