He’s retired from the opera stage, but he still does benefit appearances, and he sings with his students. Last year he sang with some of them at the Honeywell House in Wabash. Recently he and Michael Brandenburg sang a duet at a small party at IU President Michael McRobbie’s home.
In recent years, he has sung the national anthem at IU basketball games. And when IU’s director of bands reached out to him to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at football games this season, he agreed.
Noble still pursues his long interest in Indian culture and affairs. He has been named an Honored Miami member for life. “I’m very proud of that,” he says. Not many people get that honor.”
That honor is illustrative of a genuine, down-to-earth man who has never forgotten his roots. A mensch.
As the interview comes to a close, Will Perkins, a tenor who’s in his second year as a doctoral student, enters the studio for his one-on-one.
Perkins, who is from Salt Lake City, got his master’s at IU. He’s been working with Noble for four years.
Noble sits at the piano and plays as he asks Perkins to sing notes. At times, Noble sings the same notes and discusses technique.
I listen for 20 minutes before bidding Noble and Perkins adieu and closing the door.
The hall’s silence engulfs me. But I can still “hear” Noble and Perkins.
Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.