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Stuart Skelton


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Wagner, Die Walküre, Hong Kong Philharmonic c. Jaap van Zweden (Naxos 4 CD) 
 “…Stuart Skelton’s magnificent Siegmund is here preserved in excellent sound, the stream of golden tone pouring forth in this, a signature role.  His attention to psychological detail and word painting is compelling, culminating in a moving Zauberfest.”
Clive Paget, Limelight,  April 2017

Tristan und Isolde, English National Opera
“Stuart Skelton’s Tristan is the finest account of Wagner’s most extreme and taxing operatic character...that I’ve ever seen or heard on a stage.”
David Nice, The Arts Desk, June 2016

“…Skelton has few rivals for the Tristan crown and boasts darker, more interesting vocal colours than a typical Hedentenor.”
John Allison, Opera Magazine August 2016

 “…the loudest roars were for Stuart Skelton, now a world-class Tristan”.
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 12 June 2016 

“…the evening’s greatest stage performance comes from Heldentenor Stuart Skelton, whose Tristan is tireless and sung with profound conviction”.
George Hall, The Stage, 16 June 2016

Otello, English National Opera
“He vocalised the role superbly: not a crack or a fumble, the tone trumpet-bright and penetrating. Not since Domingo in his prime can this music have been sung with more complete assurance.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 14 September 2014

Peter Grimes, San Francisco Symphony
“Stuart Skelton’s magnetic performance captured Grimes’s blunt, looming physicality and wounded fragility in equal measure. Skelton’s tenor is astonishingly virile — stunning in its power at forte, softly sensitive in “Now the Great Bear and Pleiades” and honeyed in the lyrical passages describing his dream of love for Ellen Orford. His early scenes projected a blunt, defiant misanthrope given to quicksilver flashes of rage, and his final scene — a wrenching descent into madness — was shattering.”
Georgia Rowe, Opera News, 26 July 2014

Peter Grimes, English National Opera
“Skelton, singing with astonishing visceral intensity, is surely now the Grimes de nos jours. Not to be missed on stage.”
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, February 2014

Die Walküre, Opera Australia
“Skelton’s monumental performance combined glorious warmth and colour with elemental expressive energy that taps something deeply human and intuitive.” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2013

Queen of Spades, Sydney Symphony December 2012
“…Few operas offer a more challenging part than Hermann, who is barely off the stage. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton was magnificent in the lead role.

Sustaining immense strength and power, Skelton impressed with clarity and complexity of colour. He shrewdly realised his character's duality as lover and lunatic, restraining the manic intensity required for the latter just long enough to convince as the former.”
Murray Black, The Australian, 3 December 2012

Stuart Skelton, winner of the 2014 International Opera Awards for Best Male Singer and 2 Helpmann Awards, is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today. 

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

He has been critically acclaimed for his beautiful voice, outstanding musicianship and his intensely dramatic portrayals in 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 Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania and West Australia and with world renowned festivals, the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. 

He has sung with such acclaimed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Jiři Bèlohlavek, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Simone Young.

In 2016 Stuart opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016/17 season, singing Tristan in a new production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Other recent performances include Siegmund in Die Walküre with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera de Oviedo, Tristan at the Baden Baden Festival, with the Berlin Philharmoniker and at English National Opera, Samson in Samson et Dalila with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with the Bergen Philharmonic, Missa Solemnis with Sydney Symphony, Wagner arias with Asher Fisch and the West Australian Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Blossom Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra. In Australia Stuart sang Tristan excerpts with Nina Stemme and Marko Letonja for the Tasmanian Symphony and Parsifal Act 2 with Melbourne Symphony and Simone Young.

Stuart’s 2017 performances include Lohengrin for Opéra National de Paris, Laca (Jenůfa) for the Bavarian State Opera and Munich Opera Festival, Peter Grimes for Bergen Philharmonic and at Edinburgh Festival, Das Lied von der Erde with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnagie Hall under Esa-Pekka Salonen and with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Missa Solemnis with David Robertson in St. Louis, Otello in concert with Ed Gardner in Bergen,  and Siegmund with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa.

Other highlights include Ring Cycles (Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Paris Opera, Opera Australia); the title roles in Parsifal (ENO, Zurich Opera), Lohengrin (Semperoper Dresden) and Peter Grimes (Tokyo, BBC Proms, Oviedo, Opera Australia, ENO); Fidelio (ENO); The Drum Major: Wozzeck (Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera); Canio: Pagliacci (West Australian Opera). Recent concert engagements include Das Lied von der Erde with Berlin Philharmonic (Sir Simon Rattle), the Australian Chamber Orchestra at Edinburgh Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg (Mark Wigglesworth), San Francisco, Chicago, Netherlands Radio, Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; Peter Grimes in concert with the London Philharmonic (Vladimir Jurowski); The Kingdom with the London Symphony (Mark Elder); Wagner concerts with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Oedipus Rex (New Zealand International Arts Festival); Hermann: Pique Dame with Sydney Symphony (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and concerts with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Stuart Skelton’s extensive discography includes 4 Ring Cycle recordings: with Jaap Van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, with Simone Young and the Philharmoniker Hamburg and with Asher Fisch both at State Opera of South Australia and at Seattle Opera. Stuart has also recorded The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar) with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony, Glagolitic Mass  (Janacek) with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic,  Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky) with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.


Stuart Skelton is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
June 2017
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