ELEM ELEY enjoys a remarkably varied career,
from opera, oratorio and recital to premières of contemporary vocal music. He appears on four recent recordings, two
of them released by Albany Records—including a solo album (with pianist, JJ Penna), Drifts and Shadows: American
Song for the New Millennium. A review appearing in Journal of Singing declares, “No matter what technical
and expressive hurdles these songs present, Eley surmounts them with conviction and assurance...What they [Eley and Penna]
achieve here is truly profound." The duo have recorded a new CD featuring Lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf
and Frank Martin, to be released in early 2013 on Centaur Records, entitled Der Geist spricht/The Spirit Speaks.
In Vienna, Mr. Eley sang Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch
(with soprano Faith Esham and Penna) in a 2011 recital at the Schubert Geburtshaus. He has coached extensively there with
both Walter Moore and Norman Shetler (also with Robert Holl, Carolyn Hague and Joëlle Bouffa). Additionally during his
2011 leave in Vienna, he taught a master class to students at Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität. More recently, Eley
and Penna presented a guest recital and master class at Indiana University. Recitals and master classes in fall of 2012 will
be hosted by LaGrange College and by Columbus State University. He rejoins conductor Allan Birney and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia/Camerata
Singers for Messiah on December 15.
Mr. Eley has
performed in leading concert and recital venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and other New
York City venues. He has appeared with the Symphony Orchestras of Buffalo, Charlotte, Kansas City, New Jersey, Sioux City,
Springfield and Syracuse, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Little Orchestra Society, Princeton Pro Musica, and many other
presenting groups. He sang the title role of Don Giovanni for his debut at the Operafestival di Roma and appeared
in productions with the opera companies of Cincinnati, Hawaii, Shreveport and Syracuse, Athena Grand Opera, the Sylvan Opera
Festival, the Center for Contemporary Opera and Musica Europa 2001.
Recent seasons featured a return to Avery Fisher Hall as soloist in Messiah with the Peniel Concert Choir,
Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Springfield (MO) Symphony, recitals at Berry
College and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a performance on the Joy in Singing Anniversary Gala
at Merkin Concert Hall. Winner of the 1996 Joy in Singing Award, Elem Eley is Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir
College of Rider University. He is also founder/director of the summer program, Vienna: Language of Lieder, dually focused on preparation, coaching and performance of Lieder and
language study, annually conducted in the City of Music.