Baritone Elem Eley enjoys a remarkably varied career-from
opera, recital, concert and recordings, to premières of contemporary vocal music. Christmas Day (released
in 2019) is his third release on Affetto Records, following Forever Sing (2017) and Lenoriana (2015).
In addition, he appears on eight other recordings, three of them released by Albany Records - including his début solo
album (with pianist JJ Penna), Drifts and Shadows: American Song for the New Millennium. A review appearing in the
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 solo CD featuring
Lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and Frank Martin, was released on Centaur Records, entitled Der Geist spricht/The
Spirit Speaks. Critic Phil Muse (Audio Visual Club of Atlanta) praises it: "To put across a dire-foreboding program
such as this requires the utmost in intelligence and interpretive insight. Elem Eley and JJ Penna possess both, plus the technical
powers to do justice to awesome settings of awesome literary texts." Lenoriana (Affetto), was also reviewed
in the Journal of Singing: "This generous disk is yet another memorable collaboration between baritone Elem
Eley and pianist JJ Penna...[Eley's] essential tone remains exceptionally handsome and his artistry is as eloquent as ever.
What is most impressive of all is the flawless sense of ensemble between these two musicians as they confront the plethora
of challenges posed by these works."
Mr. Eley has enjoyed
a prominent performing career in prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, as well
as with regional orchestras and presenting groups throughout the country and in Europe. In Vienna, he 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 Walter Moore and Norman Shetler (also with Robert Holl and Carolyn Hague), and is Founder/Director of the summer
vocal program, Vienna: Language of Lieder. Winner of the 1996 Joy in Singing award, Elem Eley studied with
Margaret Harshaw during doctoral work at Indiana University, and currently serves as Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir