Biography

 
Kevin Skelton has a multifaceted career as a performer, director, choreographer, teacher, and scholar.  Equally at home on the concert and operatic stage Kevin specializes in seventeenth-century music, the Bach Evangelist roles, and experimental music theatre.  Kevin has performed with some of the world’s finest early music ensembles including Collegium Vocale Gent, L’Arpeggiata, and Concerto Palatino and in numerous theatres and festivals throughout the world including Teatro La Fenice, La Monnaie, Aix-en-Provence, and the early music festivals in Boston and Utrecht.

In recent years Kevin has begun a new initiative exploring the possibilities of combining classical singing and contemporary dance.  His unique facility combining voice and movement has been showcased in productions of the Netherlands Reisopera, Veenfabriek, Opera Atelier, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and the Dutch breakdance company ISH.  Kevin has produced numerous videos and live performances under the auspices of his own company ātmā having performed at the Operadagen Rotterdam, Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, and Festival Les Nuits de Septembres (Festival de Wallonie).  Kevin is currently participating in the new Research Studios programme of the contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. where he is exploring new methods applicable to the training, creation, direction, and performance of integrated music theatre.

Recent stage appearances include Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Bergen International Festival, The Play of Daniel with the Toronto Consort, and Caldara’s Dafne at Teatro La Fenice.  This season includes residencies at deFeniks and wpZimmer in Belgium and Flux Laboratory in Switzerland as well as performances at the Feniks Festival with ātmā and Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the Hokutopia International Music Festival in Japan.

Upcoming and recent concert appearances include the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the Toronto Consort (David Fallis), and several projects with BachPlus (Bart Naessens) and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven) in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Kevin has completed graduate degrees in voice, conducting, and musicology, having studied at the University of Toronto, Indiana University, and Oxford University.  In 2013 Kevin published his first book: Settle the Score: performer’s analysis for the classical singer.