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Stuart Skelton with Richard Peirson


Stuart Skelton with Richard Peirson

  • Date: Friday, 3 August 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Premium: $115 | Adult: $62 - $102 | Concession: $55 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

‘Skelton’s monumental performance combined glorious warmth and colour with elemental expressive energy that taps something deeply human and intuitive.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

From the vocal and dramatic demands of Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the pathos and power of Britten’s Peter Grimes, Skelton’s astonishing ability to give voice and life to a character has put him in hot demand from New York to Melbourne. His performances of Wagner and Mahler are well known to orchestra- and opera-goers, but in this debut recital at Melbourne Recital Centre we discover another side of this great artist, delving into his other musical interests, and revelling in the rare opportunity to spend time in musical conversation with an outstanding singer. Skelton and associate artist UK-based repetiteur Richard Peirson explore rarely-heard gems by composers both familiar and overlooked.

From Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire:
‘Australian singers have always made their mark on the world, and Stuart Skelton now sits at the top of this list, frequently appearing at the great opera houses and concert halls of the world, acclaimed as one of the great heldentenors (‘heroic tenors’) of our time – so Stuart is not only a great performer, he’s a superhuman one.’


Stuart Skelton (AUS), tenor
Richard Peirson (UK), piano


Percy Grainger:
Bold William Taylor
Willow, Willow
Hard-hearted Barb’ra (H)Ellen

Fuglinn i fjörunni (Þórarinsson)
Þú eina hjartans yndið mitt (Kaldalóns)
Draumalandið (Einarsson)
Ave Maria (Kaldalóns)

4 Poems of Victor Hugo (Liszt)
O Quand je dors
S’il est un charmant Gazon
Enfant, si j’etais Roi
Comment, Disaient-ils

Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner)
Der Engel
Stehe still
Im Treibhaus

Abschiedslieder (Korngold)
Dies eine kann mein Sehnen nimmer fassen
Mond, so gehst du wieder auf
Gefasster Abschied

Poema en forma de Canciones (Turina)
Nunca olvida
Los dos miedos
Las locas por amor

Pre-Concert Talk

Join musicians and experts to delve deeper into the music and lives of the composers by attending a free pre-concert talk 45-minutes before each Great Performers performance.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

Featured non-Australian music: Liszt, Wagner, Korngold, Turina

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Bold William Taylor : baritone voice with piano by Percy Grainger
— performed by Richard Peirson and Stuart Skelton
Hard hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen : baritone voice with piano by Percy Grainger
— performed by Richard Peirson and Stuart Skelton
Willow willow : baritone voice with piano by Percy Grainger
— performed by Stuart Skelton and Richard Peirson

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