While studying at LaGuardia High School, the Harlemite honed his opera skills and worked side gigs singing backup to Mariah Carey and Hootie and the Blowfish.
“My friends at LaGuardia made fun of me,” says Stewart. “They used to call me ‘opera boy,’ because I was obsessed with opera. Everyone around me wanted to become a pop singer.”
With the help of a mentor, Stewart attended The Julliard School in New York after graduating from LaGuardia. While there, he busted tables, worked retail and served as a receptionist at Carnegie Hall.
After attending a workshop for young artists at the San Francisco Opera three years ago. Stewart’s participation at the workshop lead to a steady stream of jobs that took him around the world, and eventually led to a contract with Decca Records. His album titled, “Noah,” topped the UK classical charts, the first for an Black artist!
He made it back to Carnegie Hall, in 2009, to perform Mozart’s “Requiem” with conductor John Rutter.
He’s currently appearing as Radames in “Aida” at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, through Aug. 25. And Stewart proves to young Black men who are curious about opera that the genre is everyone’s art. Let us celebrate this young brotha for not giving up on his dreams and doing his thing!