Tenor Noah Stewart is developing into one of opera’s most sought-after, young leading tenors. Of his spring 2009 performance in La Tragédie de Carmen at the Chicago Opera Theater, The Chicago Sun-Times said, “With his lustrous voice and good looks, Noah Stewart’s Don Jose is absolutely superb, both vocally and dramatically. Here is a handsome but naive mama’s boy, far from home in an army posting in Seville, and while Carmen is his initiation into worldliness, he is a hapless romantic — volatile, jealous and lost. Stewart brings a redemptive beauty to the opera’s final moments as he futilely begs Carmen to take him back.”
Upcoming, he returns to the Wexford Festival as Augustus Gloop in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticketand as Rodolfo in an abbreviated version of La Bohème, debuts at the Cincinnati Opera as The Prince in A Flowering Tree, debuts at Opera Africa as Don José in Carmen, returns to the Michigan Opera Theatre as Rodolfo in La Bohème, and again performs The Prince in A Flowering Tree in concert with the Gulbankian Symphony in Lisbon. In the summer 2010, he performs Luigi in Il Tabarro at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival.
Last season (2009-2010), he made company debuts at the Michigan Opera Theatre as Ismaele in Nabucco, at the Arizona Opera as Narraboth in Salome, at Opera Carolina as Rodolfo in La Bohème, and returned to the Michigan Opera Theatre in the spring 2010 as Cavaradossi in Tosca. In concert, he performed The Prince in A Flowering Tree with the Gulbankian Symphony in Paris and Lisbon.
In the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Stewart joined the Metropolitan Opera roster covering Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as performing Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Mo. John Rutter, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at The Yard Festival at Martha’s Vineyard, Tonio in the world premiere of Louis Gioia’s I Tre Compagni with the Encompass New Opera Theater in NYC, and Don Jose in La Tragédie de Carmen and The Prince in A Flowering Tree at Chicago Opera Theater conducted by the composer, John Adams.
Mr. Stewart made his San Francisco Opera debut as Major-domo in Der Rosenkavalier, and returned in the 2007-2008 season as Macduff in Macbeth, the Philistine Messenger in Samson and Delilah, and T. Morris Chester in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomattox. He participated in the 2006 Merola Opera Program, where he appeared as the Wizard in Conrad Susa’s Transformations —a role he reprised at Wexford Festival Opera. The following season, he participated in the prestigious San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program.
Additional noted operatic engagements include Rodolfo in La Bohème and Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas with the Juilliard Opera Theater, Don José in Carmen at the Mondavi Center with UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Idamante in Idomeneo with the Vertical Players’ Repertory, Manrico in Il Trovatore with The One World Symphony and with Festival Opera, and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love with the Martina Arroyo Foundation.
In concert, recent appearances include Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, a Schwabacher Debut Recital with pianist Stephen Blier, Mozart’s Requiemand Bach’s Magnificatat Carnegie Hall with the Saint Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, Micheal Tippet’s A Child of Our Time with The Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn’s Creation with The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Stewart won a 2008 Encouragement Award from the Sullivan Foundation, 1st place in the 2008 Mario Lanza vocal competition, second prize in the Leontyne Price Competition and the George London Competition, and received the Marian Anderson Encouragement Award, an Opera Index Award, a Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation Study Grant, and first prize in the Florida Grand Opera Competition. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Academy of Vocal Arts.