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Yale Opera presents Oct. 17 public master class with Alan Held

Alan Held

Acclaimed bass-baritone Alan Held will present a master class on Monday, October 17, at 7 pm, in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The master class will feature performances by students from the Yale Opera program including bass-baritone Stephen Clark, baritone Bryan Murray, soprano Sylvia D'Eramo, and tenors Lucas van Lierop and Luis Aguilar singing works by Mozart, Massenet, Corigliano, Handel, Carlisle Floyd, Bizet, Donizetti, and Tchaikovsky. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the performers.

The master class is free and open to the public.

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, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, 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, 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, Held has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC-Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Paris Orchestra, Kirov Opera Orchestra, and 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 Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate.

Held appears in 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 the Les Contes d’Hoffman and as Peter in the broadcast of Hansel and Gretel. 

The 2016-2017 season will have Held singing the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He will return to the Vienna State Opera to sing two of his highly praised Strauss roles: Jochanaan (Salome), and Orest (Elektra). Held will appear in two concerts of opera highlights with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and as Pizarro (Leonore) with the Washington Concert Opera. He will also sing the title role in concert performances of Der Fliegende Holländer with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Robertson.

A native of Washburn, Illinois, 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 received an honorary doctorate from Millikin University in 2000. He is also a noted clinician and has given public master classes and private coachings at the Yale School of Music since 2002.

In January 2014, Held was named the Ann and Dr. Dennis Ross Faculty of Distinction in Opera at Wichita State University. He served as the artist-in-residence for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera during the 2015-2016 season and also at the Wolf Trap Opera Company during its summer 2016 season.