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Stuart Skelton

 

 

Stuart Skelton has been recognised as one of the finest heroic tenors of his generation. He has received two Helpmann Awards and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award.

His repertoire encompasses some of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Lohengrin, Parsifal, Rienzi, Siegmund and Erik to Strauss’s Kaiser and Bacchus, Janácek’s Laca, Saint-Saëns’ Samson, Beethoven's Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes.

He has been critically acclaimed for his beautiful voice, outstanding musicianship and his intensely dramatic portrayalsin performances on the leading concert and operatic stages of the World, including Berlin, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Vienna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Sydney, with Orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, L.A Philharmonic, London Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, the Radio Symphonies in Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt, the Symphony Orchestras of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania and West Australia, and with world renowned festivals, the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival.

Stuart has sung with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson Thomas and Simone Young.

2012 saw Stuart perform Peter Grimes (Opera de Oviedo, English National Opera at the BBC Proms, New National Theatre of Tokyo), Oedipus Rex (New Zealand International Arts Festival), Das Lied von der Erde (Chicago and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras), Siegmund: Die Walküre (Metropolitan Opera), Erik: The Flying Dutchman (ENO), in concerts with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Hermann: Pique Dame (Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy). 2013 engagements will include Siegmund: Die Walküre in Ring Cycles in Paris, Seattle and Melbourne, a return to Zurich as Parsifal, Oedipus Rex (on tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra) and a Gala Concert with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Stuart’s recent operatic highlights include Siegmund: Die Walküre (Metropolitan Opera, Operas of Hamburg, Seattle and Zurich); the title roles in Parsifal (ENO, Zurich Opera) and Lohengrin (Semperoper Dresden, Germany); debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (conducted by James Levine) and the Santa Fe Opera as the Drum Major: Wozzeck; Boris: Kat'a Kabanova (ENO); title role: Peter Grimes (ENO, Opera Australia);  Mitch: A Streetcar Named Desire (OA); Canio: Pagliacci (West Australian Opera); Max: Der Freischütz (Hamburg andBavarian State Operas). His concert engagements include Das Lied von der Erde with Berlin Philharmonic (Sir Simon Rattle), Mozarteum Salzburg (Mark Wigglesworth), San Francisco (Michael Tilson Thomas), Frankfurt (Daniel Harding), Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (Kent Nagano), Chicago (James Conlon), Netherlands Radio and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; Oedipus Rex (San Francisco Symphony); The Kingdom (Mark Elder); Glagolitic Mass (London Symphony and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras).

Stuart can be seen and heard on DVD and CD with his numerous recordings, including: King Arthur on the BBC/Opus Arte DVD of the World Premiere of Isaac Albeniz’s Merlin, his critically acclaimed and multi award-winning portrayal of Siegmund on the SACD recording of the State Opera of South Australia’s Der Ring des Nibelungen under Asher Fisch with Melba Recordings, the world premiere recording of John Foulds’ A World Requiem, Beethoven's 9th Symphony under Sir Charles Mackerras and Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Tilson-Thomas, Thomas Hampson and the San Francisco Symphony and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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