ELEM ELEY enjoys a remarkably varied career, from opera, oratorio and recital to premières of contemporary vocal music.
Four CDs were released to critical acclaim since 2008, two of them on Albany Records—a solo album (with JJ Penna), Drifts
and Shadows: American Song for the New Millennium, and a featured group of Three Antarctica Songs on Laurie
Altman's new CD, On Course. Mr. Eley is cast in the première recording of the Hagen/Muldoon opera, Shining
Brow, released in 2009 by Naxos. Additionally, he is featured on a recording of Steven Sametz's Dulcis Amor,
with the Princeton Singers and tenor John Aler, on Arsis Recordings. He and Penna have recorded a Lieder album, Der Geist
spricht/The Spirit Speaks, to be released in 2012.
Mr. Eley sang the première of Martin Hennessy's Ruminations, and a recital of Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with
soprano Faith Esham and pianist JJ Penna, in Princeton and in Vienna; also recent were Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium and
Messiah, with the Princeton Pro Musica. 2009-2010 featured a return to Avery Fisher Hall as soloist in Messiah
with the Peniel Concert Choir, Carmina Burana 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.
In 2008-2009, Mr. Eley returned to Lincoln Center with Musica Sacra (Kent Tritle conducting) for Carmina Burana
and the world première of Alessandro Cadario’s Cantata for Revival, to the Springfield (MO) Symphony
for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and to the Oratorio Singers of Westfield for Bach’s Mass in b.
Bach was further represented by Christus in the St. John Passion (Princeton Pro Musica), and he sang performances
of Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Lehigh University. Elem Eley's 2008 recitals included Masters of Modern
American Art Song II at Symphony Space in New York City and a French recital in Princeton, with subsequent recitals in
Princeton and Bloomington (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University).
Eley is founder/director
of Vienna: Language of Lieder, a new summer program in the City of Music, dually focussed on Lieder preparation and
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