The Opera Awards Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Skelton as its first Artistic Ambassador. A 2014 International Opera Awards winner, Stuart has maintained close links to the Foundation ever since, frequently working with bursary recipients both in masterclasses and on a one-to-one basis.
Speaking from New York, where he recently opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016/17 season in Tristan und Isolde, Skelton said “I couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this new role with the Opera Awards Foundation. The work of the Foundation in supporting aspiring operatic talent is absolutely vital and it’s inspiring to see the impact which these bursaries have not only in terms of financial support, but in encouraging promising artists to achieve their ambitions.”
As Artistic Ambassador, Skelton will act as a mentor to artists supported by the Opera Awards Foundation. Opportunities will be made available to all bursary recipients for individual coaching and guidance, and a series of public masterclasses and events is planned for 2017.
Neal Cooper, an inaugural Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient, was also in New York, singing Melot in the same production of Tristan while covering Mr Skelton in the title role. He said “I was fortunate to receive one of the first bursaries from the Opera Awards Foundation at a time when I was about to embark on the mammoth task of learning Tristan myself. Since receiving the bursary I have sung Tristan and Tannhaüser successfully and made my debut at the Metropolitan Opera. I am grateful to the Opera Awards Foundation for their support in helping me achieve these results.”
Skelton is keen to spread the word internationally about the work of the Opera Awards Foundation, whose annual bursaries are open to artists from around the world. He said, “One of my favourite things about both the Awards and the Foundation is how truly global they are, and continue to be. My itinerary for the coming seasons is peripatetic, to say the least, and I look forward to flying the Opera Awards Foundation flag – so to speak – everywhere I go.”
The Opera Awards Foundation is a registered charity which awards annual bursaries to aspiring operatic talent from around the world. To read more about the Foundation and how to donate, visit www.operaawards.org/foundation
To learn more about Stuart Skelton, visit www.stuartskelton.com