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Baritone Johannes Held took the first steps of his training with the Stuttgart Hymnus Chorknaben, after which he studied in Freiburg and completed his studies in Copenhagen at the Opera Academy with Susanna Eken. His coaches include Mikael Eliasen, Fiona MacSherry, Ouri Bronchti, Tim Ribchester and Christopher White.

After completing his studies, Johannes Held was an ensemble member at the Oldenburg State Theater and has since been a soloist at many international houses, including the Royal Danish Opera, Wermlandoper (Sweden), Oldenburg State Theater, Mainz State Theater and Theater Bozen (Italy).
In recent years Johannes has been able to make a name for himself as a Lied interpreter, and his work with Schubert’s Winterreise in particular has received international recognition.

In concert, Johannes was most recently heard in the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Milan Cathedral. He also participated in the world premiere of Steingrimur Rohloff’s War Requiem with the Odense Symphony Orchestra (Denmark).

Highlights of this season for Johannes are the invitation to the chamber music festival KAMARA.HU of the Liszt Academy Budapest and his participation in two major concerts at the Stuttgart Chortage with the cycles Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert in arrangements for choir and baritone solo.

Johannes Held is the founder and artistic director of the Liedfestival Sindelfingen (formerly DER ZWERG), which takes place every two years in Sindelfingen. Starting this year, in collaboration with Prof. Götz Payer, he is setting up the Lied Akademie Sindelfingen, which aims to inspire people of all ages and all levels of performance for the Lied.
Johannes Held is grateful for the diverse support he has received from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Evangelisches Studienwerk „Villigst“, the Richard Wagner Stiftung and the Kunststiftung BW.