There was a warmth to Stuart Skelton’s voice as he laughed about the sheer luck that propelled him from the University of Cincinnati across the globe to Sydney, Australia.
“I definitely didn’t think this would be my path,” he says.
Now 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. And he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Skelton began performing at the age of 7 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney.
After completing his undergraduate work in economics and law at the University of Sydney, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue his passion for singing. He was awarded a scholarship to travel overseas to compete in various vocal auditions. The University of Cincinnati made the list.
“In a sense I was doing something totally unheard of,” he recalls. “Most vocal performers head to London from Australia as opposed to the U.S.”
After seeing countless programs across the states, the level of dedication among the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music faculty, as well as the state-of-the-art facilities, tipped the scales.
“That was it — my opportunity to give singing professionally a shot, which I had never given any thought to actually doing for a living,” he said.
Lucky for us (and our ears) it has worked out. Skelton has appeared in many of the world’s most celebrated opera houses, singing with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, English National Opera and Paris Opera.