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.