Elias Mokole

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Elias Mokole
Instructor
Mailing address: 
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
Education: 
  • A.D., Professional Apprenticeship, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • M. F. A., Opera Performance, Academy of Vocal Arts
  • B.M., Voice Performance, Case Western University - Cleveland Institute of Music
Bio: 

Elias Mokole, baritone, 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, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Scarpia in Tosca, Juan Perón in Evita, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and soloist for the Brahms' Requiem. Mokole has performed over 800 professional performances as a soloist with various opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. He will be performing the role of Germont in La Traviata with State Opera Stara Zagora in Bulgaria in the summer of 2021.

Elias is a recent recipient of a certificate presented by the University of Minnesota Vice Provost of Faculty and Academic Affairs Center for Educational Innovation for outstanding teaching and dedication for helping students "Thank a Teacher Program, Fall 2019”. He has also been recently recognized by the Director of Disability Resources for creating meaningful access and inclusion at the University of Minnesota Duluth during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Mokole has been designated by the University of Minnesota as a leader in the areas of LGBTQ and for developing cross-disciplinary connections through the use of one's authentic voice. He has presented workshops for the organizations such as the Women's Action Resource Center as well as Access for All. Internationally, Mokole will present “Finding your inner voice as a teacher” at the LEARNINGSHIFT INTERNATIONAL UNCONFERENCE held in 2022 in Porto, Portugal.