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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held

February 25, 2013

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm, renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class. Esteban Cordero, tenor; Stephen Daniel, baritone; David Leigh, bass; Nikhil Navkal, tenor; and Brian Vu, baritone, will perform for Mr. Held. The class will also feature pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

The master class takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. The event is free and open to the public.

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 all Scala, Teatre del Liceu, Hamburg State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Teatro de la Maestranza. His many roles include Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, 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 role in 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.

The 2012–2013 season has had Mr. Held singing the role of Orest in a new production of Elektra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He then sang the role of Der Wanderer (Wotan) in the Fura dels Baus production of Siegfried at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. He appeared at Carnegie Hall in a performance of L’enfance du Christ with the New York Choral Society and returned to the Canadian Opera Company to sing Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde and Jockanaan in Salome. He will also sing the role of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Tokyo and appear at The Cincinnati May Festival in a gala concert honoring Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. He will sing, as the baritone soloist, in Britten’s War Requiem at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago in June 2013. Mr. Held has visited Yale University since 2002 to coach the singers of Yale Opera.