Equally at home on the concert stage, 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 at the BBC Proms.
He has worked with many distinguished conductors including 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, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate. Mr. Held recently recorded the role Don Pizzaro with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI Classics. He also appears as Donner on the DVD of the Met’s production of Das Rheingold, and as the title role in Cardillac in the DVD of the Paris Opera production.
This season, Mr. Held returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Four Villains in a new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman and to the Munich State Opera as Jochanaan, and appears in Achim Freyer’s production of the complete Ring Cycle at the Los Angeles Opera. He also appears in concert with the St. Louis Symphony and the Washington National Opera. A native of Washburn, Illinois, Mr. 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, and is also a noted clinician who regularly gives master classes at Yale University.