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Inspirational tenor shows star quality to full house at Belfast's Ulster Hall

Review: Noah Stewart Ulster Orchestra concert at Ulster Hall, Belfast

By Alf McCreary

Published 02/05/2016

Opera star Noah Stewart
Opera star Noah Stewart

The pulling power of a top international tenor has been underlined by Noah Stewart, who played to a packed audience in the Ulster Hall.

Backed by the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of Colin Bell, the American excelled in a programme of classic opera excerpts in the first half and much-loved musical standards in the second.

Stewart's inspiring rise to fame - from the challenges of Harlem to becoming an acclaimed opera star - is worth a book in itself.

He was 'discovered' by Belfast audiences after two televised concerts with the Ulster Orchestra, and they came out to back him in force on Friday.

Stewart is an artist with star quality, and he was given a rousing reception when he walked on stage.

Stewart and the outstanding Dublin-born soprano Claudia Boyle combined well in the opera repertoire, particularly in the duet O Suave Fanciulla from Puccini's La Boheme.

The orchestra was in fine form in the overture to The Force Of Destiny and in Slaughter On Tenth Avenue.

The mood changed dramatically in the second half with the show-stoppers Granada and Maria, and the duet All I Ask Of You from Phantom Of The Opera.

The evening ended with Puccini's Nessun Dorma, and a much-deserved standing ovation.

He can come back to Belfast any time.

Belfast Telegraph

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