Welsh Melody
“For the Fruits of All Creation”






The Welsh folk song:

Sung by Noah Stewart


Holl amrantau’r sêr ddywedant          All the star’s eyelids say,
Ar hyd y nos.                                           All through the night,
Dyma’r ffordd i fro gogoniant              “This is the way to the valley of glory,”
Ar hyd y nos.                                           All through the night.
Golau arall yw tywyllwch,                      Any other light is darkness,
I arddangos gwir brydferthwch,           To exhibit true beauty,
Teulu’r nefoedd mewn tawelwch         The Heavenly family in peace,
Ar hyd y nos.                                            All through the night.

O mor siriol gwena seren                      O how cheerful smiles the star,
Ar hyd y nos,                                            All through the night,
I oleuo’i chwaer ddaearen                     To light its earthly sister,
Ar hyd y nos,                                            All through the night.
Nos yw henaint pan ddaw cystudd,     Old age is night when affliction comes,
Ond i harddu dyn a’i hwyrddydd          But to beautify man in his late days,
Rhown ein golau gwan i’n gilydd          We’ll put our weak light together,
Ar hyd y nos.                                            All through the night.

About Noah Stewart

Stewart was born in Harlem, New York. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts,[2] and subsequently won a scholarship to The Juilliard School. Noah Stewart’s musical development started in Harlem, where he studied classical music at The Harlem School of the Arts. At age 12, his choir teacher encouraged him to pursue a music career. He began doing voice-overs for Sesame Street and television school specials and won first place in the New England Music Competition in Boston.

Stewart attended Fiorello LaGuardia High School, where he performed his first opera (La Costanza in amor vince l’inganno). He also sang back-up vocals for pop artists such as Hootie and the Blowfish and Coolio. During this time, Stewart developed a passion for opera, languages, art song, oratorio, musical theater and concert repertoire, and committed himself to pursuing an operatic career. He was recommended by his mentor, the great soprano Leontyne Price, to attend The Juilliard School, where he was awarded a full scholarship.

By the end of his senior year at Juilliard, Stewart was already receiving attention from the professional classical community, was featured in the book Spirit of Harlem by Craig Marberry and Michael Cunningham, and was invited to perform the title role in Acis and Galatea on tour with The Bach Society of Columbia in Germany.

Upon his return to the United States, Stewart was accepted into the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program, where he was given his first taste of modern opera as The Wizard in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. He reprised the role at The Wexford Music Festival that same year. He was subsequently invited to become a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, and numerous important debuts soon followed including: T. Morris Chester in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomattox; and Malcolm and Macduff in Macbeth, stepping into the latter role with only 15 minutes notice. After graduating from the Adler Fellowship, Stewart made his next modern opera debut as The Prince in the first fully staged production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree with Chicago Opera Theater.

Stewart has been awarded numerous prizes in The Palm Beach Opera, Leontyne Price, George London, Licia Albanese, and Opera Index CompetitionsMost recently, he was awarded First Prize in The Mario Lanza Competition for Tenors.

Stewart has been noted for the uniquely baritonal timbre of his ringing and sweet tenor instrument, as well as his innate musicality and commanding acting ability.

He joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in the fall of 2008.