Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Stuart Skelton.
Congratulations to 1993 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship winner Stuart Skelton, who was nominated for his first Grammy Award!
The nomination was for Chandos’ recording of Glagolitic Mass with The Bergen Philharmonic and long-time friend and colleague, Edward Gardner.
Last year was a busy one for Stuart, playing Tristan in Tristan and Isolde in several countries and with recent performances in Australia with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Palm Beach Opera.
Stuart, who is currently in Paris for Lohengrin performances with Opera Bastille then off to Munich to play Laca in Jenufa with the Bavarian State Opera, had a chat to us about his time as a Sydney Eisteddfod participant and his Grammy nomination.
How does it feel to be nominated for a Grammy?
Well, as it's my first, I'm not entirely sure how I feel at all, to be honest. It's all very exciting and such a pleasure and honour to be nominated for a recording with people I love working with, particularly Ed Gardner and The Bergen Philharmonic.
Did you ever imagine this is where your career would take you?
I don't think anyone ever really believes that the career will be anything more than being a jobbing singer, so I guess not. Everything after paying the bills through singing is a bonus.
Looking back on your time as a Sydney Eisteddfod participant, what have you learned that you were able to carry through to your professional career?
I think the most important thing to learn (although it was SO long ago now) is that, eventually, persistence and hard work will get you there. No doubt there will be the "lucky break" but when that break arrives only those who are truly prepared in every facet will be in a position to make the most of whatever "luck" comes their way.
Having had the opportunity to explore numerous operatic roles, what is your favourite role to play?
That is impossible to answer. I love them all so very much, for different reasons, but certainly favourites would be, in no particular order, Siegmund (Die Walküre), Peter Grimes, Parsifal, Lohengrin and probably Florestan (Fidelio).