Timothy Noble is a world-famous baritone who is known as one
of the great interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi’s lead male operatic
roles, from Rigoletto to Falstaff. He’s enjoyed
22 years of performing in the most esteemed international opera
houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the
Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Netherlands Opera. True to his
Indiana roots, the 1963 graduate of Peru High School also has
recorded a disc of Cole Porter songs, Simply Cole.
Photo by Chris Meyer
“He is committed to the highest standard in singing, whether it is in his signature role of Falstaff or singing the beautiful Rodgers and Hart ballad ‘My Funny Valentine.’”
— Sylvia McNair, IU School of Music alumna and international opera star
Yet, with all the accolades he’s enjoyed for his versatile artistry as a singer, it is his career as a professor of music that he has fully invested himself since 1999. His students’ high regard for him tells the story of his impact: 46 students from the School of Music, including all 23 from his studio, nominated him for the Distinguished Professorship.
Noble’s music career is as long and varied as it is celebrated. As a young man, he toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as a singer and music director of the Waring Blendors; he was also a successful Broadway performer. Noble also has published popular sheet music, and his musical recordings range from the Cole Porter disc to his Grammy-nominated recording of The Music Man with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
“He has had a great career, not only with the Metropolitan Opera, but in Italy and many other countries in Europe,” said Virginia Zeani, IU Distinguished Professor of music. “His dedication has made him one of the most important voice teachers in America. He also composes, is a great musician and is dedicated to his students—as we say in Italian, corpo ed anima—body and soul.”