Talking with singers: Alan HeldJanuary 18, 2016Jenna DouglasInterview
American bass-baritone Alan Held spends his days singing big, beautiful roles, like Wagner's Wotan, Puccini's Scarpia, and Offenbach's Four Villains. It seems as though he has sung in every major opera house in the world, from the Metropolitan Opera, to Teatro alla Scala, to Tokyo Opera Nomori.
Currently, he's in Toronto, a common stop for Held in recent seasons, to sing the Wanderer in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Siegfried, opening January 23rd. He chats about being patient with big roles, building stamina, and Wagner as bel canto.
Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera.com. She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.
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