RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin. 2016
BBC NOW, Laurence Equilbey. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3, 2015
“Stuart Jackson sang Pierre with haunting, wistful coolness. The melismatic writing hinted at another outsider, Britten's Peter Grimes, a role for which this tenor is surely destined.”
Stuart was a choral scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, studying Biological Sciences, before completing his training at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 where he studied with Ryland Davies. He won second prizes at both the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and at the Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart. In the 16/17 season he will sing a Britten and Vaughan Williams recital for Stuttgart Opera, make his Wigmore recital debut in their Schubert series with James Bailleau and appear at the Oxford Lieder Festival with the Myrthen Ensemble.
Recent and future highlights include:
- High Priest/Abner/Doeg/Amalekite Handel Saul – Glyndebourne Festival
- Britten Nocturne – Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife – Paul McCreesh
- Beethoven Symphony No.9 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Thomas Dausgaard
- Bach St John Passion (Evangelist & arias) – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Stephen Layton
- Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; Orphée Orphée et Euridice; Young Sailor Tristan und Isolde – Oper Stuttgart
- Alcesta Cavalli Erismena – Aix-en-Provence Festival, as well as on tour
Other plans this season and beyond include St John Passion on tour with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Daniel Reuss and with Andrew Manze in Hannover; St Matthew Passion with Christoph Poppen in Cologne; Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard; Messiah with the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; Mendelssohn Lobgesang with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Paul McCreesh and Martin Le Vin Herbé with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Reuss.
On the opera stage, engagements include High Priest/ Abner/Amalekite/Doeg Saul at the Adelaide Festival, and in his Glyndebourne Festival debut in 2018; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Stuttgart Opera; Iro Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for The Royal Opera at the Roundhouse and Alcesta in Cavalli Erismena for Aix-en-Provence Festival in Aix as well as on tour. In 2018 he will make his debut at English National Opera
Stuart has sung Messiah on tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh; Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Trevor Pinnock at Wigmore Hall; Purcell The Fairy Queen with RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin and Rinaldo Alessandrini; Jonathan in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour conducted by Laurence Cummings, with whom he has also sung Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed it Moderato at the London Handel Festival; Bach St John Passion (Arias and Evangelist) on a European tour with OAE, with whom he has also sung a Bach programme with John Butt; Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Royal Northern Sinfonia; Bruckner Te Deum with Oper Stuttgart and Haydn Creation with the Ulster Orchestra.
He was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2013, singing in a new chamber opera based on Britten Canticles, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and during the 2013/14 season, Stuart joined the Stuttgart Opera Studio and performed the title role in Gluck Orphée et Eurydice, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Gastone La Traviata, Abdallo Nabucco and Second Priest Die Zauberflöte. He is currently a Classical Opera Associate Artist with whom he has sung Osroa in JC Bach Adriano in Siria, Lucio Vero in Jommelli Il Vologeso and, in recordings, the title role in Mozart Il Sogno di Scipione and Soliman in Mozart Zaide.
Stuart was a Samling scholar, and a past recipient of the Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.