A native of Sydney, Australia, heldentenor Stuart Skelton’s repertory encompasses many of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Parsifal, Tristan, Lohengrin, Erik, and Siegmund, to Beethoven’s Florestan, and Saint-Saëns’s Samson to Britten’s Peter Grimes. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1995.
The role of Siegmund brings Mr. Skelton to many of the world’s premier stages this season including performances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under the baton of Karina Canellakis, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic led by Jaap van Zweden, at Budapest’s Palace of Arts (MÜPA) conducted by Ádám Fischer, and in a production by Robert Carsen at Teatro Real conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. The tenor returns to Vienna State Opera in the title role of Parsifal and bows in the title role of Peter Grimes for an international concert tour with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic, which will be recorded for the Chandos label. Concert programs of the season include works of Korngold and Lehár with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the London Philharmonic, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and an international tour with Daniel Harding and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Act II of Tristan und Isolde.
Mr. Skelton recently released his first solo album, Shining Knight, featuring a program of Wagner, Griffes, and Barber accompanied by Asher Fisch and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). His expansive discography also includes a Helpmann Award-winning recording of Tristan und Isolde with Mr. Fisch and WASO, a Grammy award-nominated recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic, a Grammy award-winning recording of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on SFS Media. He can be heard on three recordings of Wagner’s Ring Cycle—with the Hamburg Philharmonic and Simone Young and with Seattle Opera and the State Opera of South Australia, both under the baton of Asher Fisch.