James P. Held is a versatile performer “with a ringing voice, superb diction and a genuine eloquence.” In 2018, Mr. Held was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera where he covered Frank in Die Fledermaus. Recent roles include the Sacristan in Tosca, Marcello in La bohème and cover artists as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. In 2017, he was the baritone soloist in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Leipzig Symphony. Mr. Held sang Second Priest/Second Armored Man while covering Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and sang Paris while covering Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Madison Opera. Previous roles include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, the Father in Hänsel und Gretel, Sid in Albert Herring, Dick McGann in Street Scene, Flynt/Gremio in Kiss Me, Kate, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Mr. Held holds degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.