Tenore

Stuart Skelton

Stuart Skelton

Stuart Skelton has emerged as one of the finest heroic tenors of his generation with performances on leading concert and operatic stages spanning from Australia to Asia, Europe, and North America. His repertoire encompasses many of opera’s most challenging roles from Wagner's Parsifal, Lohengrin, Erik and Siegmund, to Strauss’s Kaiser, Beethoven’s Florestan, Saint-Saëns’ Samson, Dvořák’s Dimitrij, and Britten’s Peter Grimes. He is acclaimed for his beautiful voice, outstanding musicianship, and for his intensely dramatic portrayals.

The Australian artist begins the 2013-14 season with a new production of Fidelio at the English National Opera directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Music Director Edward Gardner and in the title role of Peter Grimes in concert performances with Vladimir Jurowski leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He returns to Peter Grimes and to English National Opera for a revival of the critically acclaimed David Alden production again under the baton of Mr. Gardner and in concert performances at the San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Skelton joins Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on a European tour in performances of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero alongside Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (to be recorded for the Chandos label), and Paul Daniel and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for Act Three of Wagner’s Siegfried.

Closely associated with Siegmund in Die Walküre, Mr. Skelton performed the role during the 2012-13 season at Seattle Opera in the Company’s acclaimed Stephen Wadsworth production conducted by Asher Fisch and at the Opéra National de Paris under the baton of Music Director Philippe Jordan. The tenor returned to the title role of Parsifal in the Claus Guth production at Opernhaus Zürich led by Ulf Schirmer and assayed the role of Ghermann in concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. Peter Grimes was heard in Tokyo for the first time in Willy Decker’s production for the New National Theatre under the baton of Richard Armstrong and Mr. Skelton joined Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex on a multi-city European concert tour.

Highlights of recent opera seasons include the tenor’s Metropolitan Opera debut as the Drum Major in Wozzeck conducted by James Levine; this role served for his Santa Fe Opera debut in a production by Daniel Slater conducted by David Robertson. He has bowed in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Fabio Luisi, Staatsoper Hamburg with Simone Young in a production by Claus Guth, at the Opernhaus Zürich with Philippe Jordan in a production by Robert Wilson, and at Seattle Opera under Robert Spano, in the title role of Peter Grimes at English National Opera conducted by Edward Gardner and in a new Neil Armfield production for Opera Australia, as Parsifal in a new production at the Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Daniele Gatti, Boris in Katya Kabanova in a new David Alden production at English National Opera conducted by Mark Wigglesworth as well as Laca in Jenůfa for the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Max in Der Freischütz at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the title role of Lohengrin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the Semperoper Dresden under Ádám Fischer, and as Don José in Carmen at San Francisco Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, and Opera Australia. Mr. Skelton has sung Der Freischütz and Die Frau ohne Schatten for the Staatsoper Hamburg, Rusalka at the Opéra National de Paris with Jirí Belohlávek, and Ariadne auf Naxos with Asher Fisch and the Israeli Opera. At the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the artist has performed Der Fliegende Holländer and the title role of Lohengrin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Other highlights include Fidelio at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa with Lorin Maazel, Der Fliegende Holländer at the Wiener Staatsoper, and King Arthur in Albeniz´s Merlin for the Teatro Real Madrid (available commercially on DVD). He has been acclaimed in performances of Lohengrin at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Daniele Gatti and received wide critical attention for performances of Die Walküre in a new production under the baton of Asher Fisch at the State Opera of South Australia; a commercial recording from this production has garnered rave reviews from the international press and is available on the Melba label. Concert highlights include Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi, Fidelio with David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra and with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, Dvořák’s Requiem with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Zemlinsky’s König Kandaules at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the world premiere of Thierry Lancino’s Requiem with the Orchestre philhamonique de Radio France under the direction of Eliahu Inbal (commercially available on the Naxos label), and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Jiří Bĕlohlávek and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kazushi Ono and the Tokyo National Orchestra, Edo de Waart and the Sydney Symphony, and with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. The artist has given numerous performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde including with Jonathan Nott and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra both in Saint Louis and on tour at Carnegie Hall, Daniel Harding and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, James Conlon both with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (recorded and commercially available on the San Francisco Symphony’s own label).