Canadian tenor Kevin Skelton has performed on five continents with a wide array of musical ensembles. With a voice and musical sensitivity particularly suited to early music, Kevin specializes in seventeenth-century music and the Bach Evangelist roles. Kevin works regularly with some of the world’s finest early music ensembles including the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, L’Arpeggiata, Concerto Palatino, and the Toronto Consort having performed in such renowned venues as the Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, and the early music festivals in Boston, Bruges, Basel, and Utrecht.
Recent concert appearances included performances in the MA Festival Bruges and Utrecht Early Music Festival with RedHerring (Patrick Denecker), Bach’s Johannespassion at the Bozar in Brussels with Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks), a concert version of Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne with the Toronto Consort (David Fallis), and several projects with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven) in the Netherlands. Stage appearances included Daan Jaansen’s Les Aveugles with LOD at La Monnaie in Brussels.
In recent years Kevin has begun a new initiative exploring the possibilities of combining classical singing and contemporary dance under the auspices of his ensemble Vox Æterna. Since then he has created several videos and been invited for residencies at wpZimmer and De Bijloke (Belgium). To date Kevin has created three live productions which have been performed at the Operadagen Rotterdam, the Theater aan het Vrijthof, and Musica Sacra Festvial in Maastricht. Divine Rapture, Kevin’s most recent production, premiered at the Festival Les Nuits de Septembres (Festvial de Wallonie) in September 2013.
Concert performances this year include several productions with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging in addition to solo and consort appearances with BachPlus (Bart Naessens), RedHerring (Patrick Denecker), Transports Publics (Thomas Baeté), and Concerto Palatino (Bruce Dickey). Opera performances include a concert version of Cavalli’s Giasone with the Toronto Consort (David Fallis), MonteverdISH with the Dutch break-dance group ISH, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in a co-production with the Reisopera and Veenfabriek, and a new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the contemporary dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests.
The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Kevin holds graduate degrees in voice, conducting, and musicology, having studied at the University of Toronto, Indiana University, and Oxford University. Kevin recently published his first book: Settle the Score: performer’s analysis for the classical singer.