OPERA IN THE ALPS: This Guy gets the style right

Guy Noble leads the orhcestra at last year's Opera in the Alps. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
Guy Noble leads the orhcestra at last year's Opera in the Alps. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

GUY Noble knows how to endear himself to his audience.

The talented conductor not only entertains fans with his great musical skills but he connects with the audience by chatting to them.

Many who have enjoyed watching Noble at previous Opera in the Alps events have seen his easy banter and chatty style draw the audience in.

He also puts less experienced performers at ease.

Noble is looking forward to returning for his fourth Opera in the Alps event.

Although busy conducting both in Australia and overseas, it’s an event he always tries to attend.

“I always enjoy outdoor musical events; it takes the formality out of proceedings and I firmly believe both performers and the audience enjoy the experience more,” Noble said.

Australian Music Events director Graeme Wall says Noble is always a big hit with Opera in the Alps fans and it was fortunate he could fit an appearance in with his busy and demanding schedule.

“Guy brings his own unique humour to the event and always has a bit of fun with the audience and performers,” he said.

“We know how sought after he is and it’s always a pleasure to have him on board.”

Noble is excited about working with star Anthony Warlow, Julie Lea Goodwin and the Opera Scholars Australia.

“The program looks very exciting and I am sure everyone will have a wonderful night,” he said.

It may come as no surprise that Noble knew he wanted to be a musician from the age of eight.

“As a boy, I sang as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony and with the Australian Opera,” he said.

“I studied the piano in Sydney and toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra to the BBC Proms in London, playing in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.”

Noble has talked about music as host of ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast Show, recorded it — so far nine CDs for ABC Classics — and conducted it all over the country and abroad.

He has worked with such talented performers as Harry Connick Jr, Dianne Reeves, Ben Folds, Clive James, the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters and in great musical theatre shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard and Gypsy.

Noble has also conducted with the Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic as well as many others.

The program will feature many of the hits from Phantom of the Opera that Warlow made his own.