Harlem-born Globe Trotter Sings in The Apex...
Lauded for his distinctive timbre, magnetic stage presence and movie star good looks, Noah Stewart has become one of opera’s most sought after international performers and is a frequent guest artist with major opera companies and concert halls around the world.
The son of a Harlem supermarket cashier, Noah attended a performing arts high school in Manhattan and, encouraged by his choir teacher, he performed in his first opera aged 15. Noah describes his reaction when he met American soprano Leontyne Price at a record signing at the Metropolitan Opera., “I said: 'Miss Price, you are such an inspiration, you’ve really drawn me to opera,’ and she said: 'What’s your next step?’ When I told her I aimed to go to the Juilliard School, she told me to “give ’em hell!” At 17 he duly won a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music.
Graduating from the Juilliard aged only 20, he failed many auditions because the industry didn’t think he was old enough or had enough experience. During that time, he took a job as a receptionist at Carnegie Hall, he explains; "I remember one morning I was humming a tune and one of my supervisors said, “You can't do that here, it's very distracting”, so I quit that job. It was too hard for me to be in such a musical place and not be able to be musical."
His singing career finally took off when he was accepted onto the summer programme at the San Francisco Opera. After singing in everything from Philip Glass to Verdi, he returned to New York and found himself an agent.
In 2012 he became the first black musician ever to top the UK Classical Album Chart, when his album ‘Noah’ - a mixture of gospel songs, hymns and operatic pieces - reached number one. Noah described his chart success as "an honour and privilege".
Noah has performed on three BBC Proms concerts and made his BBC commentating debut at The Cardiff Singer of the World, he has also been named a BBC Music Ambassador. In July he sang at the Last Night of the Halle Proms at Bridgewater Hall.
“Noah Stewart [as Faust] has a marvelous stage presence. The tenor flows through the music like a soft-edged knife through butter" - Concertonet.com.
The internationally acclaimed Tenor will perform classical favourites, plus West End and Big Screen masterpieces and lots more in his new show, ‘In Love Again’ at The Apex on Monday 26 September at 7.30pm. Noah says of his forthcoming tour; “The UK is a very special place for me and I cannot wait to return”. Tickets are £28.50. For more information, or to book, call the Box Office on 01284 758000, or visit www.theapex.co.uk.