Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty, and intensely dramatic portrayals. His repertoire encompasses many of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Parsifal, Tristan, Lohengrin, Erik, and Siegmund, to Strauss’s Kaiser, Beethoven’s Florestan, Saint-Saëns’ Samson, Dvořák’s Dimitrij, and Britten’s Peter Grimes.
The tenor opens the 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera season in the title role of the company’s new production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. It is the first time the opera has opened a season at the House since 1937 and Stuart Skelton is the first Australian singer to have the honor of opening The Met’s season in a title role since Dame Joan Sutherland. Stuart Skelton reached the zenith of the tenor repertoire in this role at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in a new production by Mariusz Treliński and he later assayed English language performances in a new production designed by Sir Anish Kapoor at the English National Opera directed by Daniel Kramer and conducted by Edward Gardner; the tenor also gave concert performances of Tristan und Isolde with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Operatic appearances of the season feature return engagements with the Opéra national de Paris in the title role of Lohengrin led by Philippe Jordan, Die Walküre at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the baton of Donald Runnicles, and Jenůfa with the Bayerische Staatsoper conducted by Tomáš Hanus. Among the many concerts the tenor gives over the season, highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and concert performances of Peter Grimes with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Named Male Singer of the Year at the 2014 International Opera Awards, Mr. Skelton twice has been honored with the Sir Robert Helpmann Award, once for his performances of Siegmund in the State Opera of South Australia’s 2004 production of the Ring Cycle, and again in 2010 for Best Male Performer in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Peter Grimes for Opera Australia. He received a 2010 Green Room Award for A Streetcar Named Desire and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his performances of Peter Grimeswith the English National Opera.
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