Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust singing” and Opera News for his “exquisite vocal beauty,” Grammy Award winning Canadian baritone Elliot Madore has established himself as an international artist in demand at the leading opera houses and orchestras of the world. The 2020 – 2021 season sees Mr. Madore’s return to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Mercutio in the Bartlet Sher production of Roméo et Juliette. Mr. Madore also sings the role of Franz Wolff-Metternich in the world premiere of La beauté du monde at Opéra de Montreal, and returns to both Opernhaus Zürich and Manitoba Opera to sing Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. Orchestral engagements include his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra singing Carmina Burana, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Ramón in Girls of the Golden West with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony with the ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien. Mr. Madore also appears in recital at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
The 2019 – 2020 season saw Mr. Madore return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Schaunard in La bohème, conducted by Marco Armiliato, as well as a return to Florida Grand Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni. Mr. Madore was scheduled to make his house debut at Calgary Opera singing Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, but the production was cancelled due to COVID-19. Orchestral engagements include his debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts singing Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by music director Gianandrea Noseda. Additional orchestral engagements which were as a result of COVID-19 included a debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra singing Carmina Burana, and a debut with the Cincinnati Symphony May Festival singing Adams’ El Niño, conducted by the composer, and Estevez’s Cantata Criolla conducted by Juanjo Mena.
Highlights of previous seasons at the Metropolitan Opera include performances of Mercutio in a new production of Roméo et Juliette which was broadcast live in HD, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, as Lysander in Jeremy Sam’s Baroque pasticcio The Enchanted Island, and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd. Mr. Madore made his European operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival singing Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in a new production of L’enfant et les sortilèges, and returned to the company later to sing the title role in Don Giovanni. He has also been seen in a return to Dutch National Opera for the European debut of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West as Ramón, in his role debut as Figaro in Manitoba Opera’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, as the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and with the Tanglewood Festival, and as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and with the Tanglewood Festival. Additional roles include Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Ramón in the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West with San Francisco Opera, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and Germano in La scala di seta with Opernhaus Zürich, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Santa Fe Opera, his Salzburg Festival debut as the Japanese Envoy in concert performances of Stravinsky’s Le rossignol, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Kansas City Opera, and his Dutch National Opera debut as Prince Hérisson de Porc-Epic in Chabrier’s L’étoile which was video recorded.
Additional highlights include his signature role of Pelléas in Pelléas et Melisande with the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Cleveland Orchestra with music director Franz Welser-Möst conducting Yuval Sharon’s production, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges, Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, and with the Croatian National Opera in Stéphane Braunschweig’s production. As a featured member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich, roles included Valentin in a new production of Faust, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Schaunard in La bohème, Andrei in a new production of Peter Eötvös’s Three Sisters, Silvio in Pagliacci, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos under Fabio Luisi.
Orchestral highlights include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in of L’enfant et les sortilèges, Bernstein’s Songfest with the Tanglewood Festival, Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop and with the Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Further highlights include the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific with Cleveland Orchestra, a solo concert with the Edmonton Symphony, L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges with Charles Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as Adario in Rameau’s Les Indes galantes marking the opening of the new Philharmonie Hall in Paris with Les Arts Florissants, and his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing selections from Die Zauberflöte conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Madore has also sung Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
On the recital stage, Mr. Madore has appeared at Carnegie Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues series, as well as with Cleveland Art Song Festival, and Music Toronto, which was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His Canadian recital debut took place at the National Arts Centre in Canada which was recorded and broadcast on the CBC Radio Two’s "Next! Canada's Music Future" Series.
Mr. Madore was part of the Grammy Award recording from the Saito Kinen Festival as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole and Le chat and L’horloge comtoise in L’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
Honors and awards include being named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a recipient of the 2010 George London Award from the George London Foundation, a winner of the Palm Beach Vocal Competition, and a recipient of the ARIAS Emerging Young Artist Award from Opera Canada. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Madore currently resides duly in Toronto, Canada and Zürich, Switzerland.