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Adler Profile: Noah Lindquist
Noah Lindquist is a first-year Adler Fellow coach & pianist and hails from New York, NY.  Noah was a 2013 participant in the Merola Opera Program and is a recent graduate from the Mannes College of Music.  He has performed as a recitalist at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  This summer he will be a member of the San Francisco Opera music staff working on both Show Boat and Madama Butterfly.  His first assignment as an Adler Fellow was the first Schwabacher Debut Recital of the season on February 23rd and we sat down with him shortly afterwards to hear about his experience thus far and ask some of the hard questions! 

What was your reaction when you learned you had been selected as an Adler Fellow?  What are you most looking forward to in the first year of your Adler Fellowship?
When Mark Morash, the Director of Musical Studies for the program called, I didn't even put it together at first. I was back in New York City, Merola was over - why was I getting a phone call from a 415 area code? Even once he told me, it still took a while to sink in. I've been very fortunate in my life and in my musical development and I've been lucky to work with so many fantastic people. The fact that it was now going to continue that way, and even more so was amazing to think about. There are so many exciting things about this coming year. To coach a main stage production at an A-level House would already be a dream come true - but for four shows in one year? Okay, let's do it!

What are some of your favorite memories from the 2013 Merola program?
With people of that level and that kind of talent and artistry at already such a young age, you expect the music to go well - and it does. What you don't expect, is for people to get along so well. It was a wonderful summer, with great music and some really, really great people.

(Above: Noah Lindquist at the piano with baritone and Adler Fellow Efrain Solis.  Photo by Kristen Loken.)

You recently performed with your colleagues at the first Schwabacher Debut Recital of the season. How was the collaborative process in preparing for the performance and what were some of your favorite moments from the process?
The rehearsal process was fun - they're all excellent musicians and colleagues - but it was incredibly rewarding to see it all come together. There are so many expressive facets of the Brahms' 'Liebeslieder Walzes'. At times they're playful, raucous, tender, dark, sexy - it's not a performance I'll forget being a part of.

What made you interested in working with singers, rather than pursuing a career as a soloist or collaborating with instrumentalists?
One of my most important mentors was Keith Kibler, a bass-baritone and one of the voice teachers at Williams College. I played for his studio, and he would often demonstrate. I got bitten pretty hard. The sound of great singing, live - it captivates you, it intoxicates you, there's nothing like it. Once you find that, you just want more.

You grew up and were educated in New York City. What differences have you noticed between the music scenes here and in New York?
In NYC I did a lot of freelancing. I liked it because there was always work, and usually at a high level. It was quite rewarding. I haven't freelanced much here in San Francisco yet, but there seem to be some very talented folks here as well!

When did you begin to study music? Did you come from a musical family? Have you ever studied any other instruments?
My parents are music lovers and were always very supportive. They both play the piano a bit, and they even met in an opera chorus! I started piano lessons around 7, and fell in love with the instrument pretty quickly. My older brothers had taken lessons, but it became something different for me. I started the clarinet a bit later. It's such a beautiful instrument, but I never was able to practice it like I could the piano. One of my close friends (now an excellent conductor), also played the clarinet and piano, and we would accompany each other in the Brahms sonatas. It was our clarinet teacher, Evan Spritzer, who introduced me to chamber music, which soon became a large part of my life, musically and socially in high school.

(Above: Noah Lindqust coaches with renowned coach & pianist Martin Katz. Photo by Kristen Loken.)

What are your favorite places in San Francisco thus far?
I love quiet solitude, but I haven't had much time to explore yet. Can I ask for suggestions?

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy cooking, following professional tennis, and playing ping pong.

What is your favorite…        
Book? - The Power Broker, by Robert A. Caro
Movie? - The Usual Suspects
Place to travel? - Berlin

Posted: 2/27/2014 5:15:03 PM by San Francisco Opera


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