Friday, June 29, 2012

American Tenor Noah Stewart Releases Debut Album 'Noah' July 3 on Decca Records

Noah Stewart

From Harlem to the Royal Opera, Singer Looks to Lanza with a Program of Opera, Spiritual and Popular Favorites

"White hot talent“  The Washington Post

June 29, 2012 (New York, NY)  On July 3, 2012 Decca Records presents Noah the debut album from American tenor Noah Stewart. Born and raised in Harlem, Stewart was mentored by the great soprano Leontyne Price and the legendary Bill Cosby, the latter having sponsored the young singer during his musical training at Juilliard.  The album, Noah, includes renditions of enduringly popular arias - Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria as well as Puccini's Recondita Armoria - but also casts a wider net with inspirational input from producers and arrangers Steven Baker and Christian Seitz. The album presents Noah's rich, resonant voice in the spiritual classics Deep River and Shenandoah, This Land Is Mine and Nearer My God To Thee, the hymn played during the sinking of the Titanic. Exclusive to the American  edition is ABBA's I Have a Dream, as well as Noah’s soaring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, which he memorably sang at the televised Chicago Bears/Tampa Bay Bucaneers NFL game at Wembly Stadium. When he was a student at New York’s renowned 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. This experience gave Noah a feel for how to tackle the pop standards that appear on this debut album, like Nights In White Satin (Notte di Luce) and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. There's also a visit to the movies with a stirring new arrangement of the theme from Exodus

Upon the album’s UK release in April Noah debuted at #1 on the British Classical Charts (making Noah Stewart the first African American to reach that milestone).  Listeners in the US were captivated by Noah when he appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition  on June 3, and the album jumped straight to #1 on the Amazon Classical Chart the day the piece ran.  

It is hard to believe that only a few years ago Noah was a receptionist at New York’s Carnegie Hall and a clerk at the Metropolitan Opera Gift Shop, working to pay for his music education. He has since performed on stage at Carnegie Hall and is building a fine reputation as a fast-rising operatic tenor, equally accomplished in interpreting such core roles as Don José in Carmen or Rodolfo in La Bohème or pioneering new roles in contemporary opera. Noah Stewart was raised in Harlem by his mother Patricia, a single parent from New Orleans, who instilled a strong work ethic in her son. It became obvious from an early age that Noah had an extraordinary voice; while still in junior high he was chosen to sing for Audrey Hepburn and recorded voice-overs for Sesame Street. His mother’s self-sacrifice and strong belief in the value of education led to Noah enrolling in the world-famous LaGuardia High School. Noah’s mentor, the great soprano Leontyne Price, encouraged Noah to attend The Juilliard School, where he was awarded a full scholarship. Stewart participated in the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera in 2008, and has since performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Michigan Opera Theater.

Noah Stewart knows that there was a time when being an operatic tenor didn't just mean performing at the opera house, but could encompass all kinds of popular and traditional songs as well. From Enrico Caruso to Luciano Pavarotti, history's classic tenors all had the popular touch. "Mario Lanza was a huge idol of mine!" declares Noah, referring to the tenor who also became a Hollywood movie star and reached global audiences with a mix of music that included operatic arias, operetta, Neapolitan songs and popular standards. "Lanza was really important because he was a legitimate singer who sang songs but also sang opera. He had tremendous vocal gifts, and he showed that in all kinds of music it's all about feeling and it's all about emotion." How appropriate, then, that Noah recently won the Mario Lanza Competition for Tenors. And Lanza himself would surely have approved of the breadth of material that Noah has chosen to sing for his debut album for Decca, not least I'll Walk With God, which Lanza sang in the movie The Student Prince.

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Noah Tracklisting:
1) Cara Mia (Philharmonia Orchestra / Nicholas Dodd)
2) Deep River (Apollo Voices / Philharmonia Orchestra / Nicholas Dodd)
3) Puccini: Recondita armonia (The Vienna Session Orchestra / Johnny Bert)
4) Justin Hayward: Notte di luce, Nights In White Satin (Philharmonia Orchestra / Nicholas Dodd)
5) Youmans: Without A Song (Philharmonia Orchestra / Nicholas Dodd)
6) Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (The Vienna Session Orchestra / Johnny Bertl)
7) Shenandoah (The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Richard Hein)
8) J.S. Bach / Gounod: Ave Maria (The Vienna Session Orchestra / Johnny Bertl)
9) I Have A Dream (Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus)
10) Brodszky: I'll Walk With God, The Student Prince(The Vienna Session Orchestra / Johnny Bertl)
11) Amazing Grace (The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Richard Hein)
12) This Land Is Mine (Ernest Gold / Charles Boone)
13) The Star Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith / Francis Scott Key)

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