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Stuart Skelton (Tenor)
WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL PRIX LAURITZ MELCHIOR
Stuart Skelton has emerged as one of the finest heroic tenors of his generation. His repertoire encompasses some of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund and Rienzi to Strauss’s Kaiser and Bacchus, Saint-Saëns’ Samson, Dvorak's Dmitrij and Prince, Beethoven's Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes. He has garnered critical acclaim particularly for his vocal beauty, superb musicianship and the dramatic intensity of his portrayals.
Stuart has made regular appearances on the leading opera and concert stages of the world including: the Vienna State Opera, both the Deutsche and State Operas in Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Australia, Carnegie Hall and orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the radio symphonies in Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt, BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival.
He has sung with renowned conductors Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Simone Young and Sebastian Weigle, encompassing roles including: Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Erik, Rienzi, Peter Grimes, Kaiser, Florestan, Laca, Samson, Bacchus, Don Jose, Oedipus Rex and The Prince in Rusalka, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Missa Solemnis, Dvorak’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Janacek's Glagolitic Mass, The Dream of Gerontius and Das Lied von der Erde and Das Klagende Lied of Mahler.
Future plans include his return to the English National Opera in new productions of Peter Grimes and Kát'a Kabanová, a return to Australia in a new production of Peter Grimes in Sydney and A Streetcar Named Desire in Melbourne, both for Opera Australia, as well as Der fliegende Holländer for State Opera of South Australia. Stuart also makes his Seattle Opera debut as Siegmund in Der Ring des Nibelungen, his Cleveland Orchestra debut with Glagolitic Mass and Psalmus Hungaricus both under Franz Welser-Moest, his debut with the Chicago Symphony in Das Lied von der Erde under James Conlon and a return to the San Francisco Opera in a new production of Vec Makropoulos.