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Yale Opera presents a master class with baritone Alan Held Dec. 9th

“…powerful and persuasive.”
— Globe and Mail (Canada)
November 6, 2013

Held_Alan_B&WThe Yale School of Music presents a master class with acclaimed baritone Alan Held on Monday, December 9, 2013. The event takes place at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Mr. Held will coach singers in the Yale Opera program in a variety of operatic repertoire.

Internationally recognized as one of the leading singing actors today, Mr. Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala.

This season, Mr. Held will return to the Canadian Opera Company to sing Balstrode in Peter Grimes as part of the Benjamin Britten Centennial Celebration. He will then sing concert performances of the opera at Carnegie Hall. Later in the season, he will travel to Munich to sing one of his signature roles, Jockanaan, in Salome. After several American engagements, Mr. Held will return to Munich to sing the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Bavarian State Opera.

Admission to the master class is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About Alan Held

Recognized internationally as one of the leading singing actors today, American bass-baritone Alan Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatre del Liceu, Hamburg State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, The Canadian Opera Company, and Teatro de la Maestranza. His many roles include Wotan in Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen”, Amfortas in “Parsifal”, Scarpia in “Tosca”, The Four Villains in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, Jochanaan in “Salome”, Kurwenal in “Tristan und Isolde”, Don Pizzaro in “Fidelio”, Orestes in “Elektra”, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the title roles in “Gianni Schicchi”, “Der Fliegende Holländer”, “Wozzeck”, and “Cardillac”.

Equally at home on the concert stage, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including The Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The BBC-Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Paris Orchestra, The Kirov Opera Orchestra, and The Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood Festivals as well as the BBC Proms.

He has worked with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate.

Mr. Held has established a close relationship with the Canadian Opera over he past few seasons. He is a three-time nominee for a Dora Mavor Moore Award which are annually presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

A native of Washburn, Illinois, Mr. Held received his vocal training at Millikin University and Wichita State University. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including The Birgit Nilsson Prize. He is also a noted clinician and regularly gives public master classes and private coachings at Yale University. Mr. Held resides with his family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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