Stuart Skelton – Guest Professor at IUA 


Listaháskóli Íslands announces today the appointment of Stuart Skelton as a guest professor at the Iceland University of the Arts. Stuart Skelton is among leading tenors of his generation. He will join the team of voice teachers at the Music Department here at the IUA, as well as continuing his work on the international stage. 

Stuart Skelton is a leading artist in his field worldwide. He has sung many leading tenor roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, La Scala and Opera Bastille, in addition to which he performs regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also recorded numerous operas and other major works; among which have been the newly released Peter Grimes by Britten with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Die Walküre by R. Wagner with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Among other recordings is Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the London Symphony Orchestra. A recording with his participation won the Gramophone Prize in 2015. He was named Male Singer of the Year in 2014 at the International Opera Awards and has received numerous other awards. He has held a number of masterclasses, e.g. at the University of Music in Madrid, The Juilliard School in New York, and the Iceland University of the Arts. 

Þóra Einarsdóttir, Deen of School of Music and Performing Arts at the IUA, says that Stuart with his expertise is a wonderful addition to the faculty at LHÍ "We are constantly developing the learning environment here at the IUA. The working environment of singers is an international one and ever-changing and therefore it is important that we aim for the highest artistic quality as well as progressive thinking about the world of music and performing as well as teaching and learning. Stuart has extensive experience as a musician and he is a performer and is at the peak of his career. He has shown that he is passionate about sharing his experience and contributing to the development of music and performance studies at the IUA ", says Þóra. 

Stuart Skelton says that he is beyond pleased and honoured to be appointed as guest Professor of Voice at The Iceland University of the Arts. It's an exciting step for any performer to have the next generations of performers entrusted to their care, and it's a responsibility that he takes very seriously indeed. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of LHI, not only because of the immense respect I have for my colleagues, incredibly experienced and gifted performers in their own right, in Kristinn Sigmundsson, Hanna Dora Sturludottir, Ólöf Kolbrún Haðardóttir and, of course, Thora Einarsdottir, but also because of their dedication to the team philosophy of teaching that is used at LHI. The students therefore have access to every teacher during their time and have such a wealth of talent and dedication to their vocal health, musicianship, development and longevity, not as part of an insular studio, but rather as part of a community of singers and teachers. I can think of no better environment for voice students, not only because it so emulates the real-life situations that these students will be required to navigate when they graduate, but also because it encourages them to seek out answers and solutions from wherever they might find the answer that best suits them and their development. I am honored to be a part of this team and I look forward to watching and hearing each of these marvelous young artists make music, and specifically, singing their life's work"  

We welcome Stuart Skelton on board 


About the Iceland University of the Arts 

The Iceland University of the Arts is a self-governing institution providing higher education in fine arts, theatre, dance, music, design, architecture and art education. 

The role of the Iceland University of the Arts is to encourage progressive thinking in the arts and to stimulate innovation and development in different fields. The IUA offers education in the arts at the university level and conveys both knowledge and professionalism in the arts to Icelandic society. It operates in a global environment and measures itself against academies that excel in arts education in neighbouring countries. 

Three main values guide the focus and direction of the Academy in all of its work: 

  • Curiosity 
  • Understanding 
  • Courage 

Curiosity prompts us to ask questions and search for new approaches, solutions and answers. We dissect those answers and strive to understand what is foreign to us. Through understanding and training, we develop the talents and skills we require. In that way, we strengthen our courage to follow through on our convictions and our artistic vision. 


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