SFOpera - 5 Questions with Elliot Madore

5 Questions with Elliot Madore

Canadian baritone Elliot Madore made his San Francisco Opera debut this month as Anthony in Sweeney Todd. We were curious to find out what his dream roles are, and what profession he would pursue if he weren't a singer.

How did you get your start in music/singing? Was it with musicals?
As I kid I always loved music. I started with musicals. Les Misérables was my favorite piece. I used to fall asleep with my headphones on listening to "Bring Him Home." That opened the door to classical music and eventually I started singing in choirs. I fell in love with Brahms, Mozart and Ralph Vaughn Williams. It was a beautiful time in my life and one where music played a big part in shaping my teenage years. 
 
As your schedule is getting busier, what’s been your most exciting project thus far? And what is your dream role?
So far singing Don Giovanni and Pelleas were extremely exciting for me. Those operas are masterpieces and I couldn't wait to get my hands on those roles. They also happened to be my dream roles so I feel very grateful to have sung them already. In the future, I'd love to sing Eugene Onegin, Wozzeck, Wolfram and Count Almaviva. 

What is your favorite thing to do in between rehearsals and performances?
I'm a big sports fan. I like to watch football or baseball to decompress. I read and write a little and try to stay in shape when I've got time off. 

What do you prefer performing: villains or heroes? Tragedies or comedies?
I don't really have a preference. I enjoy playing both good and evil characters. You've got to be flexible and willing to adapt. I like to think of myself as a chameleon on stage.
 
If you weren’t a singer, what would you be?
Tough question! Honestly, I have I no idea. Since I'm Canadian I'll say a hockey player! 

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