Elias Mokole

Elias Mokole

Baritone

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International baritone, Elias Mokole has performed the title role of Nabucco at the UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) and sang Amonasro with Radio France having previously appeared as soloist in the Shostakovich, Symphony No.14 with L'Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain. At Théâtre National d’Alger (Africa), he sang Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) and Sharpless.  In recital, Mr. Mokole appeared in Berlin at the Britzer Gemeindesaal. He sang Scarpia with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera andRigoletto at the Fargo–Moorehead Opera. In concert, Mr. Mokole sang Mahler’s Wayfarer Songs (Orchestra Omaha),was Guest Soloist in Handel’s Messiah and in J.S. Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratoriumn  Tokyo with JVC International Concerts
and the Telemann Chamber Orchestra , soloist in an opera gala concert in Paris
at Théâtre Adyar as well as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Hodie under the baton of Craig Jessop with the Omaha Symphony. Recent engagements include the title role in Gianni
Schicchi conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos at Queens College , New York
;the title role of Orpheus by John Robertson, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly both with State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria).


Elias Mokole, baritone, serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth
and is equally at home in recital, musical theatre and orchestral concerts, as
well as opera. Praised by both Opera News and the Washington Post for his
"powerful, rich warm baritone," Elias Mokole’s performance highlights
include: the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Scarpia in Tosca, Ford in Falstaff, as Elijah in Elijah, Juan Perón in Evita, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and soloist for the Brahm’s Requiem.
Mokole has perfromed over 800 professional performances as soloist with various
opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North
America, and South America.



Internationally,
Elias was the soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium in Japan
[Osaka, Tokyo], as Valentin in Faust and the Mozart Requiem [Paris], as
Agamemnon in Offenbach’s La Belle Helène at UNESCO [Paris], in Lyon, France with L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain as soloist in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 and Sharpless in Madame ButterflyAlgiers [Africa].  In 2016, he served as the language diction coach
at Rousse State Opera (Bulgaria) for the world premiere of Nicholas Roberts’ new opera Lyon based on the French folktale Barbe bleue and will return in July 2017 for performances of Sharpless in Madama Butterfy,  Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon  in Samson
et Dalila, title role in the new opera, Orpheus, by Canadian composer Ernest John Robertson. In May 2017, Mokole was heardas soloist in Carmina Burana- with
Chorus Polaris-Minneapolis, MN.

Elias Mokole has been featured in the following foreign films: For Me Formidable, directed by YannKilbourne selected for the 8th annual Festival des Très Courts and was
presented in the program “Around Musique” in May at Le Grand Rex Cinéma [Paris,
France]

Mokole’s discography includes:
Baritone soloist- Carmina Burana-
OSU , soloist-Handel’s Messiah, Quodilibet
Chor- Woan Records Japan, soloist- Mozart Requiem –recorded live -Walt Disney Concert Hall [LA], soloist- Requiem Mozart,  9ème
Symphonie – Beethoven –COGE [Paris, France]

Performances as
Rigoletto earned Elias Mokole the following review:

“Above
all, the opera gave its patrons a terrific Rigoletto in Elias Mokole, yet
another first-time guest performer here. He had the audience despising him as,
with a cruel smirk, he taunted enraged husbands and fathers at the start of the
show. He then made the audience second-guess its judgment as he brought out a
softer, warmer side in the company of his daughter, his powerful baritone
barely cracking with vulnerability.”




 


 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 

  


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