British baritone Alistair Shelton-Smith studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Kenneth Woollam, at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll, and at the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam with Margreet Honig, graduating with distinction in the title role of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' in 2008.
Alistair is a leading exponent of Eddy, the ill-fated protagonist in Mark-Anthony Turnage's first opera, 'Greek'. He has sung the role to critical acclaim, in both English and German, for the Dag in de Branding Festival (NL), Staatsoper Hannover, and most recently for Music Theatre Wales at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden's Linbury Studio. He has also created leading roles in a variety of world premieres, most notably Raven Caller in Param Vir’s 'Black Feather Rising' for Stichting Octopus (NL), Phoebus in Jonathan Dove's 'The Day After' for Holland Opera, Achilles in Benedict Weisser's 'Penthesilea' for the Operadagen Rotterdam, Khwaja and Osamu respectively in ODD Continent's 'Homebody' and 'Morning Blossoms' (NL) , Newton Harrison in Edward Lambert's 'The Catfish Conundrum' for London's Tête à Tête Festival, Ivo in Matthias Heep's 'Träumer' for Staatsoper Stuttgart's Junge Oper and Soldier in Chloé Charody's Ballet-Opera 'Magdalene' for the Dutch National Ballet. Further appearances in contemporary opera include the roles of 3rd Monk / 1st Sailor in Rob Zuidam's 'Rage d'Amours' with the Residentie Orkest conducted by Otto Tausk.
In 20th Century Opera, Alistair has sung Der Fischer in Blacher's 'Die Flut' for the Grachten Festival, Amsterdam, and the title role in Britten's 'Owen Wingrave' for Opera Trionfo under the baton of Ed Spanjaard. Further forays include Marquis de la Force in Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites', and Ben in Menotti's 'The Telephone'.
Alistair has also sung a number of key and supporting roles from the baroque, classical and romantic repertoire for a variety of European venues, among them London's Bloomsbury Festival, Staatsoper Hannover and Opera Holland Park. Roles include; Curio (Giulio Cesare), Gianni Schicchi, Sciarrone (Tosca), Sergente (Manon Lescaut), and Il Pedone (La Wally). As part of the 70th birthday celebration concert for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Alistair sang the role of Il Conte di Almaviva in the fourth act of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, which was broadcast live on Dutch television network, NOS.
Concert and Song
Alistair's concert and song repertoire is substantial and wide-ranging. Recent appearances include recitals for the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series, Japan. Other past performances include Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the Bellitoni Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jurjen Hempel, as well as Schubert's Winterreise, in both Hamburg and Frankfurt with pianist Alexandra Sostmann.
Alistair was a finalist in the 2012 Armel International Competition for Contemporary Opera in Szeged, Hungary.