The same year as Elias started in the shipping business, he took a beginning acting course with Doug Taylor at Fairfield University. Finding that he took to acting naturally, he went on to appear in several productions with Taylor’s Connecticut Center Acting Ensemble , one of which was the role of Stanton in J.B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner.” Stanton was the only outsider in a family business and at the same time its most competent member. Since Elias was just then entering his family business, identifying with Stanton gave him a positive self-image, and he credits acting in the play with his being able to perform well in the new business context.
Raised in a home with classic music, in 1995 Elias began attending the Mannes School of Music in New York where, he sang the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, in Russian.
He then went on to study vocal repertoire with Marshall Williamson at Julliard where he said there were more much accomplished singers in the class, but he was among the best performers.