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Yale Opera presents a master class with Alan Held

Renowned bass-baritone from the Metropolitan Opera will work with Yale Opera singers

Held_Alan_B&WYale Opera presents the world-renowned bass-baritone Alan Held in a master class on January 13, 2010, at 7 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Held, whose roles this season will include the Four Villians in Les Contes d’Hoffman at the Metropolitan Opera and Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Los Angeles Opera), will work on aria repertoire with six up-and-coming singers from the Yale Opera program. Pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the master class. Singers and repertoire will be announced shortly.

General admission tickets are $8, free to students with ID. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s website,, or call 203 432-4158.

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, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Munich State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Netherlands Opera, and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. His many roles include the title role in The Flying Dutchman, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the title role in Wozzeck. This season, Mr. Held returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Four Villains in a new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman and to the Munich State Opera as Jochanaan in Salome, and appears in Achim Freyer’s production of the complete Ring Cycle at the Los Angeles Opera. He will also sing in concert with the St. Louis Symphony and the Washington National Opera.