The Voice: Stuart Skelton

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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.

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.

His recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Tilson-Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony was released on the Symphony's own label and a recording of the same work, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy was released late in 2010. 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. 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. 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.

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 SymphonyOrchestra 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 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.

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