Elias Mokole

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KUMD's Northland Morning host, Lisa Johnson, writes:

'I saw a video a while back with a nine year old, dressed in some kind of Elizabethan costume, singing an aria.

'So I sent it to my friend Elias Mokole, an opera singer and voice instructor here at UMD.

'"It’s beautiful," he wrote back, "except that she’s ruining her voice."

'Seriously?'

Maybe it's a little step, but for the first time, UMD's Music Department is sponsoring a recital of queer-identified faculty.

Derek Bromme, Elizabeth Fisher, Elias Mokole and Tom Hamilton of UWS are performing tonight at 7:30 at the Weber Music Hall in The Rainbow Connection Concert.

Lisa Johnson

When KUMD's Northland Morning host attended a Live in HD performance of the Metropolitan Opera's Roberto Devereux a few weeks ago ... she couldn't wait to get back to Duluth and talk about it with her friend, UMD Voice Instructor and opera singer, Elias Mokole.