Mr. Elash has just finished his final season as the Bass "Resident Artist" with Opera San Jose where he performed over twenty-three roles with them.
The late Charles Riecker, former Artistic Administrator at the Metropolitan Opera, described his voice as “a mature vocal instrument that expresses itself with a youthful energy”.
The unique quality of a youthful sound in a mature instrument is a result of the fact that singing emerged in his life and pulled him away, to the delight of audiences, from his first career as an electrical engineer. Good solid instruction and an engineering mind, relentlessly seeking the understanding of vocal production and solid technique, have yielded remarkable results. His vocal gifts, combined with his solid technique, produce a powerful and consistent presence every time he takes the stage.
A versatile artist, his list of roles stretch healthily, like his voice, from depths of Sarastro in “Magic Flute” into the dramatic realm of Mephistopheles (Faust), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), and even to an acclaimed Scarpia (Tosca). He has also delighted audiences with his buffo antics and fully sung renditions of Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Dr. Dulcamara (Elixer of Love) and Dr. Bartolo in both “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Barber of Seville”.
Winner of the “Wagner Society Award” in the 2010 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, he was recognized for his potential as a Wagnerian singer.
Initial vocal instruction began in 2000 and his first orchestral performance was in 2006 when he made his debut with Opera San Jose as “The Duke of Verona” in “Romeo and Juliet”.
The 2012-2013 season with Opera San Jose, which just concluded, saw Mr. Elash perform Nourabad (The Pearl Fishers), Frank (Die Fledermaus) , Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi).
This season also saw Silas Elash reprise the role of Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro) with Stockton Opera.
Mr. Elash was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has resided in California for most of his life.