PRESS ACCLAIM

Pelléas in Pelléas et Melisande at Bayerische Staatsoper

“Elliot Madore as Pelléas not only has movie star quality, but lets his virile sound shine…Madore takes his high notes deliberately into the drama and makes it clear that this is a Pelléas of substance.”

– Markus Thiel, Merkur, July 1, 2015

“Elliot Madore sings and plays the bliss of a boy wonderfully oblivious. Equipped with a beautiful, sensual high baritone his youth-like radiance and smile enchants the Mélisande of Elena Tsallagova.”

– Klaus Kalchschmid, Die Deutsche Buhne, June 28th, 2015,

“As Pelléas, Elliot Madore sings with a clear, warm tone and frequently flashes his winning smile.”

– Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Opera Online, July 8th, 2015

Recital at St. Lawrence Center for the Arts

“To be sure, his recital revealed him to be an uncommonly gifted artist. Madore possesses a rich and resonant voice, as well as clear and strong delivery. A lyrical legato is his strong suit, which gives his phrases a seamless and fluid quality…Madore is a genuine, bone fide Lieder singer”

– Colin Eatock, Musical Toronto, March 27, 2015

“Madore has a lovely lyric baritone with a recognizable timbre, even from top to bottom, capable of both power and nuance, with an impressive range, particularly an excellent top register…Tonight, he sang with a solid, virile, warm and ingratiating baritone that was a pleasure to the ear. He gave unstintingly, delivering some of the songs in near-operatic fashion. This is not to suggest he’s an insensitive artist – far from it. Throughout the song cycle, he gave the audience a full spectrum of dynamics. from solid fortes to lovely pianissimos. His attention to textual nuance was also impressive. One gets the feeling that this singer is extremely well schooled, with a solid technique, and abundant musicality. One can understand just from this cycle why he has managed to forge such an impressive career in a short time.”

– Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, March 27th, 2015

Title role in Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne

“The confrontation with the stone guest also put the cap on a splendidly credible performance of the title role by the Canadian baritone Elliot Madore, who looks the part, magnificently so in his final defiance, and who sang throughout with considerable style and nuance.”

– Martin Kettle, The Guardian, June 8, 2014

Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Opernhaus Zürich

“Very convincing as the new Guglielmo was the young Elliot Madore. He is completely charming while moving totally free and also is very handsome. Here could be a new Don Giovanni on the rise! His baritone has a good color and flexible timbre.”

– John H. Mueller, Der Neue Merker, February 6, 2014

Ramiro in L’heure espagnole at the Glyndebourne Festival

“Madore has a fine baritonal ring and clear French diction, and frankly there was not much doubt from the moment he walked onstage whom Conception would end up with!”

– Michael Reynolds, Musical Criticism, August 18, 2012

Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd at the Metropolitan Opera

“I have written in glowing terms before about the handsome Elliot Madore, and he again impressed as The Novice’s Friend…”

– Zachary Daniel Browning, Huffington Post, May 5, 2012

“Among the seamen there was scarcely a weak link. Elliot Madore was a sweet-voiced Novice’s Friend…”

Opera Obsession, May 5, 2012

Carnegie Hall recital debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation

Mr. Madore underplayed the darker moments of both cycles in masterly fashion. In the first song of the Mahler, ‘Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht,’ the pain of the line ‘Weep, weep for my darling, for my dear darling,’ was all the more intense for the reserve with which he handled both repetitions… he sang with exciting confidence and detail, delivering Poulenc’s elegantly bleak ‘Sanglots’ with subtlety and concentration. He lingered for the slightest extra moment on the vowel in the last word of the Mahler cycle – ‘Traum’ (‘Dream’) – capturing in an instant the song’s melancholy beauty and showing the instincts and training of an exceptional recitalist…the evening was Mr. Madore’s.”

– Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, January 17, 2012

“Lindemann Young Artist baritone Elliot Madore gave an excellent accounting of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, showing himself to be a superb storyteller. The German diction was so fine that surtitles were superfluous. He demonstrated as much facility with the vocal range as he did with the emotional range. ‘Ich hab’ ein gluhend Messer’ was appropriately harrowing and ‘Die zwei blauen Augen’ scarily peaceful…To close the program, Mr. Madore sang Poulenc’s Banalités, settings of some very surreal poetry by Apollinaire. We particularly enjoyed his languorous ‘Hôtel’ and his joyful ‘Voyage à Paris’. But wait! Here’s an encore to remember – Ravel’s ‘Chanson à Boire’ from his Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, always an audience favorite.”

– Meche Kroop, The Opera Insider, January 17, 2012

Lysander in The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera

“A strong quartet of young singers sang the Athenian lovers–the hearty baritone Elliot Madore, Lysander, in a strong Met debut”

– Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, January 1, 2012

Title role in Don Giovanni at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

“Catapulted into the spotlight was Elliot Madore, a young baritone and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 National Council Auditions, who sang the role under James Levine at the Tanglewood Festival in 2009. To judge by Mr. Madore’s robust singing and take-no-prisoners acting, he has a stellar future ahead.”

– Steven Smith, The New York Times, June 19, 2011

“Baritone Elliot Madore performs the title role as directed – brutishly – but this is a major talent, with a gorgeous voice and handsome person.”

– Sarah Bryan Miller, Musical America, June 24, 2011

“Elliot Madore’s hunky, vocally burnished Don made him a talent to watch.”

– John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, June 21, 2011

“Elliot Madore, a promising young baritone, played Don Giovanni as a brutal rapist and murderer, with the seductive qualities that have netted him so many women as lovers…”

– Heidi Walesom, Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2011

“Elliot Madore, in the title role, sang with a gorgeous velvety baritone and a strong presence; this is a singer who’s heading straight up.”

– Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 23, 2011

Harlekin and Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos at Tanglewood with Christoph von Dohnányi

“Other standouts among many fine performers were Elliot Madore, a baritone, who proved himself first as a character actor, as the Music Master, and then as a robust and attractive vocalist, as Harlekin.”

– Stephen R. Oestreich, New York Times, August 3, 2010

“Doubling the Music Master and the Harlekin furnished a showcase for Elliot Madore’s versatility; the impressive Canadian baritone ran with the opportunity vocally and dramatically – it was nice to hear a Music Master secure at the top.”

– David Shengold, Opera, December 2010

“As her occasional lover, Harlekin, Elliot Madore has a warm, powerful baritone and romped freely onstage. (He also sang the Music Master in the prologue.)”

– David Perkins, Boston Globe, August 4, 2010

“Standouts in a generally strong supporting cast included the sonorous baritone Elliot Madore as a gruff Music Master and enchanting Harlequin.”

– Lawrence Budman, The Classical Review, August 3, 2010

“Elliot Madore’s rich baritone enlivened Harlekin…”

– Patrick J. Smith, Musical America, August 5, 2010

Schaunard in La bohème at Opera Colorado

“Noteworthy in the smaller roles was baritone Elliot Madore, a 2010 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as Schaunard. This promising singer combined a lively stage presence with a rich, expressive voice.”

– Kyle MacMillan, The Denver Post, November 9, 2010

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2010

“In selecting the baritone Elliot Madore, of Toronto, as a winner, they seemed to be awarding artistic courage as well as vocal gifts…For his first selection he sang ‘Batter My Heart’ from John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the anguished scene in which J. Robert Oppenheimer vents his fears on the eve of the testing of the nuclear bomb by quoting John Donne’s sonnet. Mr. Madore gave his all to this wrenching music. It took almost as much pluck to sing Figaro’s familiar ‘Largo al factotum’ from Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia in the program’s second half…it was hard to resist the panache in Mr. Madore’s performance.”

– Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, March 16, 2010

Title role in Don Giovanni at Tanglewood with James Levine

“Elliot Madore brought athletic energy and narcissism to the title role, a Don with one eye always on himself, his dark baritone shading his menacing edge.”

– Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe, July 29, 2009