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 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 Theatre de Geneve, 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 Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle, the title role in The Flying Dutchman, Kurwenal in Trisan and Isolde, Leoporello in Don Giovanni, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Jochanaan in Salome, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes and the title role in Wozzek.
Mr. Held has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Kirov Opera Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony. He has also appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood Festivals, and the BBC Proms. He has worked with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gregiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Most, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffery Tate.
He appears as Donner on the DVD of the Met's production of Das Rheingold, and in Cardillac in the DVD of the Paris Opera Production.
Mr. Held sang the part of Francis of Assisi in the 2009 production of the Dialogue of Francis and Clare by Robert M. Hutmacher, ofm which was part of the A Celebration of Hope and Peace: 800 Years of Franciscan Life.
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