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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held Dec. 14

Alan Held

The renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class on Monday, December 14 at 7 pm. The class will feature performances by Paweł Konik, bass-baritone; Dean Murphy, baritone; Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano; Zachary Johnson, baritone; Andrés Moreno, tenor. Soprano Natalia Rubis is the alternate. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the singers.

The master class, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

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 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.

Mr. Held appears as the title role in Cardillac in the DVD of the Paris Opera production, and recorded the role of Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI Classics. He also appeared as the Four Villains in the Met’s HD broadcast and DVD of Les Contes d’Hoffman and as Peter in the broadcast of Hansel und Gretel.

This season began with Mr. Held performing with the San Antonio Symphony as the narrator in Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw. He will appear as Orest in Elektra in Montreal, and as Wotan/Wander in Siegfried with the Canadian Opera Comany and in the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Washington National Opera. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Birgit Nilsson Prize and the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Male Performance in an Opera.

Mr. Held will serve as the Artist in Residence for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera during the coming season. Alan Held has visited Yale University since 2002 to coach the singers of Yale Opera.