Wednesday, June 27, 2012
From Carnegie Hall's reception desk to a debut album - Noah Stewart
On July 3, Decca Records - part of The Verve Music Group - presents the debut album from tenor and Harlem-native, Noah Stewart ... Noah.
Born and raised in New York City, Noah Stewart, who used to be a receptionist at New York's Carnegie Hall, had support from - none other than - Mr. Bill Cosby who sponsored the young singer's musical training at Juilliard.
Yep. He sure did.
In the four years since participating in the prestigious Adler Fellowship program at the San Francisco Opera, Noah Stewart has established himself as one of the fastest-rising young tenors in the world, debuting in New York, Detroit, London and Paris in major opera repertoire.
But, following the maps charted by great tenors like Enrico Caruso to Luciano Pavarotti, Stewart understands there was a time when being an operatic tenor didn't just mean performing at the opera house. Great tenors had a popular touch and could encompass all kinds of popular, traditional songs, too.
(Side note: let's not confuse operatic tenors who have a popular touch with "classical crossover artists" who have learned the ability to mimic opera singers. There's definitely a difference.)
When he was a student at New York's famous La Guardia High School, Noah Stewart gained some experience in the pop music industry when he sang backup for Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden and appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman with rapper Coolio.
And so, here comes Noah the debut album from Noah Stewart...
Upon it's UK debut in April, Noah debuted at #1 on the UK's Classical Charts, and even entered the UK's main Official Albums chart as the 2nd new entry, behind Madonna's MDNA.
And don't you worry - there's something for everyone on Noah Stewarts debut album: renditions of the operatic arias "Recondita Armonia" from Puccini's Tosca, and "Pourquoi me reveiller" from Massenet's Werther - as well as the ever-popular Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. Noah casts a much wider net too - with inspirational input from producers and arrangers Steven Baker and Christian Seitz. The album presents Noah Stewart's vocal talents in the spiritual classics "Deep River", "Shenandoah" and the hymn "Nearer My God To Thee".
Also, exclusive to the US edition, Noah Stewart shows his patriotic side with a soaring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner which he memorably sang at the televised Chicago Bears/Tampa Bay Bucaneers NFL game at Wembly Stadium.
So make sure you pick up Noah - and, if you want to see Stewart live, you can catch him singing the role of Radames in Verdi's Aida at the 2012 Glimmerglass Festival in New York. For more information on this production, which runs July through August, visit glimmerglass.org.