Whether you perceive Elliot Madore as barihunk or baribard depends upon whether you were using your eyes or your ears. Mr. Madore sings as if he wrote the poetry and the music himself and that is one rare gift. In his recital last night for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program he demonstrated skills as a recitalist that equal his skills onstage at the Met where we recently thrilled to his performance of the role of Lysander in Enchanted Island. Wisely, he scaled down his strikingly rich voice to suit the size of the room and similarly modulated his dramatic intensity to just the right degree.
by Natalia Katyukova, he opened the program with a song by Glinka
entitled “I remember that magical moment” which allowed him to express a
wide range of emotions. Two songs by Tchaikovsky followed--”At the
ball” and “Don Juan’s Serenade”. It was during the latter that Ms.
Katyukova’s piano skills were most evident.
Switching from Russian to the deceptively light hearted Banalités of Poulenc, we enjoyed the humor of “Chanson d’Orkenise”, the languor of “Hôtel”, the wistfulness of “Voyage à Paris” and the exquisite diminuendo at the end of “Sanglots”
But it was Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
that broke our heart as Mr. Madore seemed to be authoring on the spot
the compelling emotional journey of a young man disappointed in love.
Using impressive dynamic control and word coloring, he made the trip
from grief to irony and false joy to fury and finally acceptance. One
could scarcely hold back the tears and deal with the lump in the throat.
Comprising only four songs, this cycle, Mahler’s first, covers similar
material to Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise only far more succinctly.
The program closed with some songs by Ives, one of which is a setting of Heine’s poem “Ich grolle nicht” which, while beautifully sung, could never match the setting by Schumann in his Dichterliebe. As encore, Mr. Madore sang “My Boy Bill” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. He sang it with the same dramatic intensity and connection with the text that was shown in the rest of the program.
Mr. Madore finishes his second year with the Lindemann program and
pursues his operatic destiny we wish him all the best. With talent like
that, luck is unnecessary. We hope to see him at the Met singing Don Giovanni, perhaps his signature role?
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