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John Noble (Baritone)

Born: January 2, 1931 - Southampton, England
Died: March 21, 2008 - London, England

The English baritone, John Noble, studied from 1950 to 1954 at the University of Cambridge mathematics and exercised then an appropriate activity as occupation. However, at the same time his voice was trained the teachers Clive Carey and Boriska Gereb in London.

After that, still as an amateur, John Noble appeared as Pilgrim in performances of the opera The Pilgrim's progress by Ralph Vaughan Williams in Cambridge with great success, abandoned career as geographer and turned completely singing. Since then he had a successful career, both in the areas of the opera as well as that of the concert singing (oratorios), in England as well as all around the world. Tours led him to the USA, to Europe and to the Soviet Unions.

John Noble worked also as a singing teacher, received a Professor of singing at the Trinity College of Music in London and gave guest lectures to the Surrey University Guilford.

John Noble participated in the following recordings: on Decca (Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau, Wilhelm Tell by Rossini, works of J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, F. Delius and R. Vaughan Williams), TIS (Les Huguénots by Meyerber), Edition Schwann (Vocal works of Scarlatti), CBS (Louise by Charpentier), HMV (Macbeth and Don Carlos by Verdi, Cantatas of R. Vaughan Williams), Philips (Il Corsaro by Verdi, Barbiere di Sevilla), Meridian (Sacred works of Heinrich Schütz), Koch Records (Beggar's Opera). Other recordings: The Pilgrim's Progress by R. Vaughan Williams; Sea Drift by Delius; Cantatas of Purcell; Monteverdi Vespers 1610; In Terra Pa by Finzi.


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2001); International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2001, November 2005); Manfred Krugmann (Dates, June 2012)

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