Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Man Who Seems to Have It All; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Tenor Noah Stewart Ahead of Tonight's Show at Sage Gateshead

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Man Who Seems to Have It All; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Tenor Noah Stewart Ahead of Tonight's Show at Sage Gateshead

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OAH Stewart seems to have it all.

Not only does he boast the kind of good looks most male models would give their eye teeth for, he also has a beautiful personality and to cap it all one of the best tenor voices in the world.

I remember first seeing Noah in London in 2011 at a showcase when trouble with the mics meant he switched off the amplification and sang to us with no aid.

It was tremendous and he immediately won over the crowded room of hardened hacks.

Fast forward four years and Noah is now one of the best-known names on the classical crossover scene, with a chart-topping album under his belt, a succession of operatic roles to his name.

Tonight, though, he is stripping back, just like that time in London, for an intimate show at Sage Gateshead Hall 2 with just him and pianist Michael Moritz with no amplification.

If you have never seen him before, I urge you to go. You don't often get to hear voices like this in this kind of setting, and extra tickets have just been released.

"It's an intimate setting, just me with Michael Moritz on piano, who is a fantastic pianist and musical director. I'm so excited about it as every song in it is a favourite," Noah, who grew up in Harlem, New York City, tells me.

There is not one song that is not full of emotion and full of great melody.

It will be a mixture of operatic favourites, musical theatre favourites and big Hollywood musicals, spirituals and much more. "It traces the beginnings and middle and current areas of my life.

"Growing up in Harlem I was influenced by many different forms of music. Before classical music and opera, I learned Hebrew songs, jazz and such like."

I've interviewed Noah several times in the past four years and each time he comes across as one of the most personable people in the business. Modest, yet bursting with talent, he appears to genuinely love his life and his career.

"It's been such a rollercoaster of a journey. There have been many ups and also downs.

"People always assume everything is great because you are busy, and it has been.

"But it's also been at times really tiring, but also rewarding too. …

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