Stuart L. Skelton
J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair of Opera; Professor of Voice
Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr
CCM Performance Studies -
One of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, Stuart Skelton maintains a vibrant international performance career. His repertoire encompasses many of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Parsifal, Tristan, Lohengrin, Erik and Siegmund to Beethoven’s Florestan and Saint-Saëns’ Samson to Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Performances of the 2020-21 season include the title role of Tristan und Isolde at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in a new production by Simon Stone under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Laca Klemen in a new production by Damiano Michieletto of Jenůfa at the Bayerische Staatsoper conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and Florestan in Fidelio with Opéra de Oviedo. Concert appearances bring him to the Bochumer Symphoniker, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Verbier Festival.
The role of Siegmund in Die Walküre has been a showcase for Skelton in the world’s greatest music capitals and premiere stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Salzburg Easter Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Teatro Real, Budapest Palace of Arts (MÜPA), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, San Francisco Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Closely associated with Peter Grimes, Skelton has sung the title role at English National Opera, Opera Australia, Opera de Oviedo and Tokyo’s New National Theatre, as well as in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival.
Other recent performance highlights include a debut at Teatro alla Scala in Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Myung-Whun Chung in a production directed by Deborah Warner, new productions of Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and at English National Opera under the baton of Edward Gardner, Lohengrin at the Opéra national de Paris led by Philippe Jordan, Parsifal at the Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Daniele Gatti, Samson et Dalila at the Ópera National de Bordeaux, and Wozzeck for a Metropolitan Opera debut conducted by James Levine. On the concert stage, Skelton has made great music together with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and The MET Orchestra, Simone Young and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, and Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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