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.

18.07.2015

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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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