The Guardian: Spotlight on CCM Voice Prof. Stuart Skelton

The heldentenor stars in the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 11

The Guardian dubs UC College-Conservatory of Music Associate Professor of Voice and CCM alum Stuart Skelton as "one of the world's most exciting singers" in a recent interview. The heldentenor is the featured soloist in the Last Night at the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 11, 2021 in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The program will see a variety of repertoire, including Wagner selections which Skelton states, “[are] the meat of [his] career.” Acclaimed for his epic Wagner roles, Skelton (MM Voice, ’95) has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and more. His voice type, “...tends to be a feature of German romantic repertoire – especially Wagner. You have to have enough noise to come over a full orchestra for four or five hours. Singers are like athletes doing long-distance competitions,” Skelton tells the Guardian. 

Skelton is in his first year as a Professor in CCM's Voice program after graduating from the college in 1995. He returned in previous years to present guest artist recitals and lead master classes with students. In spring 2020, he received CCM’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and engagement with the college by graduates and former students. 

“I am very excited to be able to continue my performing career alongside my teaching responsibilities and I firmly believe that being able to maintain my performance calendar and my teaching will enable me to bring the immediacy of performance and integrate that with my students at CCM," Skelton said when CCM announced his faculty position. "This will allow the best practises in teaching facilities and performance – which have always been the hallmark of CCM – to be integrated into the preparation for leaving the nest and getting the craft, the art and the joy of singing onto the stage.”

Featured image at top: Portrait of Stuart Skelton. Photo/Guðmundur Ingólfsson

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Jaime Sharp is a master's student studying Vocal Performance at CCM. She serves as the Vice President of the CCM Graduate Student Association and Student Liaison for the CCM DEI Committee. Jaime holds a bachelor's from the University of Michigan.