Interview with Alan Held – Star of the COC’s ‘A Florentine Tragedy / Gianni Schicchi’ Double Bill

25 May

Yin yang, that’s not a bad way of describing the Canadian Opera Company‘s double bill of Zemlinky’s subtle and cutting three-hander, and Puccini’s uproarious ensemble comedy. There are two elements that tie this pair of contrasting one-act operas together: the setting of Florence (whose skyline is beautifully unveiled in Gianni Schicchi), and the welcome presence of celebrated American bass-barritone Alan Held. We spoke with the outgoing and affable Mr. Held, who was kind enough to share his thoughts on the challenge and pleasure of playing such different parts over the course of one night, the physical experience that is an opera performance, and a great story from his youth about an unexpected run in with a legend of the operatic stage.

For more information about A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi, head over here, and check out the beautiful production shots below.

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