Dennis Noble


Dennis Noble (1899-1966) was another native of Bristol. His singing began in the British cathedral tradition and after service in the First World War he was heard by Percy Pitt who auditioned him for Covent Garden, where he made his début as Marullo (Rigoletto) in 1924. He sang regularly at Covent Garden until the theatre closed at the outbreak of the Second World War. There, he created the roles of Sam Weller in Albert Coates’ Pickwick, Anchior in Judith and Don Jose in Don Juan de Manara, the last two by Goossens. He sang with the Carl Rosa Company as well as with BNOC. Like many of his generation he led a lucrative and busy career as a concert and oratorio singer, opportunities which are no longer available to the same extent to the modern generation of singers. His recorded legacy is large and all his records are marked by immediate characterisation and crystal clear diction.