Dresdner Musikfestspiele

Lance Ryan sings the tenor solo in Mahler's 8th Sinfonie "Sinfonie der Tausend" with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele. The concert takes place on may 21st, 2016 in the famous Dresden Kreuzkirche.

Oper Dortmund

Lance Ryan sings Tristan in the highly acclaimed new production for Oper Dortmund for the last time on May 29th, 2016.

Oper Köln

Lance Ryan will sing Cavaradossi|Tosca with Cologne Opera, starting on June 26th, 2016.

Dresden, Semperoper

Lance Ryan will sing his first Herod|Salome in a new production with Dresden's Semperoper. Premiere: septembre 24th, 2016

Hess. Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Lance Ryan premieres for the frist time in the title role of Peter Grimes with the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden starting february 10th, 2017.

Oper Dortmund

Lance Ryan will sing the title role of Otello in a new production at the opera in Dortmund. Conductor Gabriel Feltz, staging Jens-Daniel Herzog. Premiere March 26th, 2017.

Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

Lance Ryan sings the role of Herodes|Salome in a new production at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam starting june 9th, 2017. Daniele Gatti will conduct, Ivo van Hove will direct the production.

Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Lance Ryan singt zur Saisoneröffnung 2017 in einer Neuproduktion die Titelrolle in Tannhäuser am Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden.


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In the epilogue of Andrew H. Koll's book Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution of Life on Earth he makes a brief but convincing philosophical argument for the human stewardship of our planet's future. Knoll argues that despite religious faith we cannot afford to ignore scientific evidence. At on point he states "Coperinus and Darwin profoundly altered the human sense of self. We do not live at the center of the universe and we cannot claim the privileges of special creation." The idea behind this staement is to rid man of the conviction that we hold a special place in the universe. While I share the conviction behind his thought I don't necessarily agree with the above statement for two specific reasons.

Andrew H. Koll's book heroically takes on the task of recouting the reader the story of life from it's birth up until the Cambrian explosion. Knoll's writing is at times rather technical but it's goal is superbly achieved. In a relative blink of an eye we are lead through billions of years of Evolution and, above all, Knoll impresses upon the reader the fact that the long winding thread our human existence is full of innumerable fraying. To think that we are the culmination of this extrordinary evolutionary tale is extremely humbling and cannot make one feel anything other than special. The scientific research that demonstrates our lineage from simple prokaryotic organisims to beings in search of the very same prokaryotic life forms on other planets is a testament to our special nature in the universe. The chance of life of our similar intelligence existing on other planets in extremely slight and the expansion of the universe makes communication with such life practically impossible, which brings me to my next point.

Considering the nature of the relative universe and it's beginning one can successfully argue that we do find ourselves at it's very centre. Einstein taught us that light in a vaccuum travels at a constant speed in any given direction and combined with Edwin Hubble's observation that the galaxies are moving away from us at a uniform rate we can reason that we are actually at the centre of the universe. The mapping of the Cosmic Microwave Background by the Planck spacecraft has confirmed the conclusion that within a parameter of thousandths of a degree the universe is uniform in all directions placing us at it's centre. What exists beyond the universe is a hypothesis full of mathematic conjecture, but the structure and nature of our known universe is coming into focus and we seem to find ourselves in the middle of its observable existence.

Without reverting to the strong anthropic philosophical argument these two observations themselves give me a sense of my special place in the universe and on our planet. This feeling motivates me to reflect upon the actions and ideas of today and the responsibility we have to our planet. This is what Knoll wants to impress upon his readers in his epilogue and to denote our special place in the history of life only enforces his last sentence "Let us have the grace and humility to choose well".

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Shrödinger's Cat: a physical hypothesis; a thought experiment; a metaphor.

Expectancies in Life are never fulfilling.

However, to renounce on Life is a renunciation of Life.

Is to simply Be courageous?

Let us dare not revert to the incarnation if Sophia, Amore, Anima!

Courage, not to open the box.

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"The real problem is how to restore religious attitude while accepting that death is final." This sentence from George Orwell in his essay on the author, and entitled,  "Arthur Koestler" presents us with an idea which is much more problematic as one may care to admit. In this essay written in 1944 Orwell subconsciously begins to realise the futility of political ideology and asks how can we reinvigorate society's desire for existence.

As social animals humans have a necessity to be interdependent, but the on grand scale of modern society we are still trying to find our way. Religion in any of it's historical or pre-historical manifestations has been shown to act as a binding agent among high density human interaction. What becomes very apparent in the consideration of this universal human tendency towards religion is that it is not religion itself which is the psychological means to large social strutures, but rather the culture of religion. Accepting this axiom (which is easily demonstrated by the relics of any human social group of any scale: a representation of the metaphysical and man's relation to this psychological phenomenon) we come to the heart of the problem: what happens when religion demonstrates the same anti-social tendencies as political ideology. The answer most likely appears to be culture itself and it's practice. Very fine. What I'm not so conviced about is the culture that we see manifested today.

The history of culture has always been combined by the two practices of artisanry and artistry. The distinctions have a long and seemingly unclear history,  but I feel it is safe to say that one implies a certain proportion of the other: no artisan is void of artistic inspiration, and no artist is void of artisan technique. What strikes me to be the failing trait in today's culture is the lack of artisanry due the consumer nature of our society. Things aren't made anymore, they are purchased. A healthy artistic environment has always had an economic element to it, but today's cultural purpose seems to serve economic gains. It's social value has a secondary role. One could even argue a tertiary role considering the hedonistic lifestyles of today where possession's manifestation of our ego is fully recognised and accepted: Habeo ergo sum.

To reevaluate and re-dimension cultural institutions and practices is a surefire method to structure our modern society in order to sustain itself serenely. Our entire history of existence tells us that culture brings us together and keeps us together. Know, we need it to help us from falling apart. If Nietzsche believed existentially, to do is to be, then we can't remove the artisanry from culture.

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Da es so ein überwältigendes Interesse an meinem Nichterscheinen bei den diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspielen zu geben scheint kündige ich hier gerne auch noch an, dass ich nach vier Sommern in Oberfranken in diesem Jahr meinen Urlaub in meinem Haus in den Abruzzen verbringen werde. Vorstellungen, Konzerte und Proben in Köln, Dortmund und Sydney dauern noch etwa vier Wochen an, dann gibt es ersehnte Ferien.

Due to the overwhelming interest in my non-appearance in Bayreuth this year I am pleased to announce that after four years in Oberfranken I will be spending my summer vacationing at our home in the  mountains of Abruzzo. I have a little under a month left of performances and rehearsals remaining in Köln, Dortmund and Sydney before my well earned respite.

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In Barcelona und man ist es kalt! Es gibt keinen Schnee aber es ist Naß und windig, echt unangenehm. Am mindestens die Proben laufen gut und fliessend. Die Inszienierung ist logisch und ich kenne alle meine Kollegen von frühere Produktionen schon. Ich habe eine große Wohnung ungefähr 50 Meter von Las Ramblas genau beim La Boqueria. Die ist Zentral und sehr ruhig, da sie nicht auf der Straße steht. Sie hat auch ein Dachterasse, aber mit dem Wetter bin ich noch nicht darauf gegangen. Es ist sehr schön wieder an den Märkten einkaufen, und so viele frische Obst und gemüse sehen. Ich  verbessere hier vielfach meine Ernährung. Bisher alles ist klasse und habe ich genug Zeit für mich selbst. Heute bin ich 12 Kilometer entlang den Strand gelaufen, und gestern bin bis zum Castel Montjuïc aufgegangen. Schauen wir mal, wie lang das noch dauert.

In Barcelona and boy is it cold. There's no snow, but it's very wet and windy. Really quite unpleasant. At least the rehearsals are running smoothly. The staging works very logically and I already know all my fellow colleagues from previous productions. I have a very large apartment about 50 meters from Las Ramblas right by La Boqueria. It's central and very quiet as it sits back off the street. It has a rooftop terrace as well, but in this weather I haven't bothered to go have a look. It's so nice to once again go to markets and see so many fresh fruits and vegetables. My diet here really gets an upgrade. Up until now everything is fine and I even have enough time for myself. Today I went for a 12 Kilometer run along the beach and yesterday I walked up to Castel Montjuïc. We'll see how long this lasts.

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