Biography

Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, 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, Gherman in The Queen of Spades, and Siegmund in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Skelton’s virile, baritonal Siegmund, with the most thrilling cries of Nothung and Wälse since the prime of James King. - Opera

He continues to be in demand on concert stages around the world, in repertoire that includes Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied and Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, Dvořak’s Requiem, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and the Psalmus Hungaricus of Kodály. Stuart has appeared with such orchestras as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich Radio Symphony Orchestras, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras of Scotland and Wales and the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Western Australia and Tasmania. He has also appeared at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals, and in the BBC Proms.

Throughout his career Stuart has been fortunate enough to work with many acclaimed conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Jiři Bèlohlavek, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Asher Fisch, Mariss Jansons, Phillipe Jordan, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is the Grimes of the young Australian Stuart Skelton — surely the finest on a London stage since the celebrated Jon Vickers — who sets the seal on the evening. - Sunday Times

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 make his Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera debuts as the Drum Major in Wozzeck, returning to the MET in the subsequent season to sing Siegmund in the Lepage Ring. He has also returned to the English National Opera in the title role of Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production of Parsifal as well as Erik in The Flying Dutchman. He has sung Parsifal at the Zürich Opera, made his Dresden Semperoper debut in Lohengrin and made his Berlin Philharmonic debut with Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. He has sung the title role of Peter Grimes at the Opera de Oviedo, Tokyo’s New National Theatre and in the BBC Proms. He has also made his role debut as Gherman in The Queen of Spades in concert performances with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Stuart Skelton is the finest Laca I have ever heard. - Financial Times

Engagements in 2013 included Ring Cycles at the Seattle Opera, Paris Opera and with Opera Australia, Parsifal at the Zürich Opera, concerts with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Fidelio with the English National Opera, Peter Grimes in concert with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski and Wagner concerts with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa. This year he has already returned to the English National Opera in his signature role of Peter Grimes. Future engagements in 2014 include The Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Symphony and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Sir Andrew Davis, Act III of Siegfried in concert with the Opéra de Bordeaux, concerts in London and Rome with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, concert performances of Peter Grimes with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, Das Lied von der Erde at the Zürich Opera, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony under Donald Runnicles. In 2015 he will return both to Opera de Oviedo, in the title role of Samson et Dalila, and to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Siegmund in Die Walküre. 

Stuart has twice been honoured with the Sir Robert Helpmann Award, for his performance of Siegmund in the State Opera of South Australia’s 2005 production of the The Ring Cycle, and in 2010 for Best Male Performer in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Peter Grimes. 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 as Peter Grimes with the English National Opera. In 2014 he was named Male Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards.