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Noah Stewart

Kirsty Young interviews opera singer Noah Stewart.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the American opera singer, Noah Stewart.

He's a hit in opera houses around the world and his solo CD has topped the classical charts. Yet for a long time the closest he managed to get to the stage was as a receptionist at Carnegie Hall. He won a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York though while waiting for his big break, he waited tables and did voice overs for Sesame Street.

Blessed not only with rich, clear tenor tones he also possesses the good looks of a Hollywood film star. Brought up by his single mother in Harlem, he still lives with her when he's not travelling the world and says of the neighbourhood he grew up in, ... "for me it was hard to be there ... because I just didn't see many successful black men around... there were just not many of us who made it out".

Producer: Christine Pawlowsky.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 19 Oct 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    If you can’t sing it you’ll have to swing it (Mr Paganini)

    • Ella Returns to Berlin.
    • Verve.
  • Aretha Franklin

    Ain’t No Way

    • Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin.
    • WSM/BMG.
  • Labelle

    Lady Marmalade

    • Best of Patti.
    • Sony.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Vissi d’arte from Tosca

      Artist: Leontyne Price

      • Leontyne Price: Mozart. Verdi. Puccini.
      • Decca.
  • Bill Cosby


    • The Best of Bill Cosby.
    • Warner.
  • Francesco Cilea

    E la Solita Storia

    Artist: Beniamino Gigli

    • Gigli: Vol.2 1925-1940.
    • Nimbus.
  • B.B. King

    The Thrill has Gone

    • B B KING: Definitive Greatest Hits.
    • MCA.
  • Cyndi Lauper

    Girls Just Want To Have Fun

    • Cyndi Lauper - Twelve Deadly Sins.
    • EPIC.
  • Book Choice

    • The Joy of Cooking

  • Luxury Choice

    • A spa with whirlpool


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Noah Stewart


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