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Joy Keys chats with Opera Tenor Noah Stewart

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Noah Stewart is the the first black singer to top the UK classical album chart in its 25-year history.

Noah’s first album aptly named, NOAH, was released March 26th this year. It includes fine renditions of the operatic arias Recondita armonia, from Puccini's Tosca, and Pourquoi me reveiller, from Massenet's Werther, as well as the enduringly popular Bach/Gounod version of Ave Maria. But it casts its net much wider too. With inspirational input from producers and arrangers Steven Baker and Christian Seitz, the album also presents Noah's rich, resonant voice in the spiritual classic Deep River, and the traditional tunes Silent Night and Nearer My God To Thee.
 
The disc even contains a fresh reappraisal of that all-American favourite, The Star Spangled Banner, which – after dreaming about it for years – Noah sang at the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium in October last year.
 
Noah recently won the Mario Lanza Competition for Tenors. He toured with Opera Africa’s Carmen in South Africa. This year Noah made his Royal Opera House debut, starring in a new opera by the modern composer Judith Weir called Miss Fortune this past March.  Noah Stewart is a graduate of Julliard. School of music. http://www.noahofficial.com

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