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Elijah McCormack, male soprano, is a specialist in early music vocal performance and currently resides in Arkansas. He most recently appeared with the Washington Bach Consort as the soprano soloist for their performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, where he was described as possessing "a voice with the kind of luminosity one longs for in Bach" (Washington Post). In the season prior, he also performed as the soprano soloist in the Dallas Bach Society's St. John Passion.
Last Summer, he was featured as a young artist at the Boston Early Music Festival, performing works by Agostino Steffani. He was also featured at the American Bach Soloists Academy & Festival, where he performed works by Handel, Buxtehude, Lotti, and Bach, most notably including the role of Erato in Handel's Terpsicore.
Mr. McCormack graduated from Indiana University's Historical Performance Institute in 2019 with a Master's of Music. During his time there, he received a Judges' Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions of 2018. Particularly comfortable with Italian & High Baroque works, he appeared in Indiana University Opera Theater's Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo) and as a soprano soloist in the HPI's performance of Bach's St. John Passion directed by John Butt. A lover of opera from any era, he also appeared as the Dewman in IU Opera's Hansel and Gretel. He studied with Steven Rickards, and also served as the treasurer of the Gamma Ut early music society.
Other recent opera roles include Oberto (Alcina) with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Amore (Cavalli's La Didone) with the Haymarket Opera Summer Course, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Festival, and Miles (The Turn of the Screw) with Chicago Summer Opera.
Mr. McCormack received a large part of his musical education before age 18, singing with a treble church choir in the tradition of the Royal School of Church Music. He continues to regularly work with church choirs and other vocal ensembles, especially enjoying Tudor music and other early modern polyphonic works.
Mr. McCormack completed his Bachelor's degree at Skidmore College in 2016, where he studied with Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins and made his role debut as Arsamenes in Handel's Serse. He earned a B.S. in Studio Art with a concentration in painting, which he still puts to use.