The world renowned operatic vocalist returns to his alma matter for CCM’s Busse Fund Guest Artist Recital on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
CCM’s Sesquicentennial Celebration welcomes back accomplished alumnus Stuart Skelton (MM Voice, 1995) for a Busse Fund Guest Artist Recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Skelton will be accompanied by CCM faculty artist Kenneth Griffiths, in a program featuring works for piano and voice by Grainger, Liszt and Korngold, as well as several works by Icelandic composers.
A Grammy-nominated tenor and the 2014 International Opera Awards Male Singer of the Year, Skelton is critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty and intensely dramatic portrayals. He has appeared in many of the world’s most celebrated opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, English National Opera and Paris Opera.
Some of the roles that Skelton has performed with great success include the title roles in Lohengrin, Parsifal and Peter Grimes, as well as Florestan in Fidelio, Max in Der Freischütz and Siegmund in Der Ring des Nibelungen. His schedule for the current season includes his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Fidelio, performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and a reprisal of his lauded Siegmund in Der Ring des Nielungen in his Royal Opera House, Convent Garden debut.
Skelton is a heldentenor, or a heroic tenor, which means that his strengths are in projection and dramatic vocal delivery.
“What makes the portrayal so special is the tenor’s ability to run the gamut from the tenderest intimacy to the most thrilling heroics, with the voice itself smoothly running through the necessary gears, and able to grow yet further even when you think it has reached its limits,” said a review of Skelton’s performance of Siegmund in Die Walküre with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Skelton’s powerful and smooth vocal technique will be on full display during his triumphant return to CCM on Feb. 20 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. In addition to his guest artist recital, Skelton will present master classes from 3-6 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 21 and from 10:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
Stuart Skelton’s performance is supported by the Thomas W. Busse Trust.
GRAINGER: Bold William Taylor
GRAINGER: Willow, Willow
GRAINGER: Hard-Hearted Barbara
EINARSSON: Draumalandið (Land of My Dreams)
PÓRARINSSON: Fuglinn í fjörunni (The Seagull)
KALDALÓNS: Ave María
LISZT: Four Settings of Victor Hugo
KORNGOLD: Lieder des Abschieds, Op. 14
TURINA: Poema en forma de canciones
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati
Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.
Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Supported by the Thomas W. Busse Trust
Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle
Photo by Sim Canetty Clarke