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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Returning from two days in Rome to my little spot under the Fig tree I spent most of the morning reading in the german papers once again about the "asylum seekers crisis". I have little doubt that it is amounting to a real crisis, but from my tranquil vantage point it is rather difficult to sense the urgency. Up until this morning I had assumed that my apathy towards the crisis was of twofold reasoning: I don't feel threatened by the influx of immigrants (seeing as I am one of them myself) and a belief that the accent of media attention will instigate the powers that be to address the situation.

This morning, however, was different. Being subject to the hysteria in the italian media devouted to the abovementioned crisis one becomes desensitised by simple common-sense. Once the the german media begins to raise not only the chronicled plight of these people but also the ethical question, how shall we deal with this, I begin to feel a little uneasy. I recognise that the german desire for integration is of a high standard and good will, but at the same time should be reconsidered with a more tolerant attitude. Coming from Canada it's easy to distinguish those who harmonise and those who remain discordant: they create their own sense of insecurity.

These reflections which have no clairity of view, but at the same time I hold of strong conviction, are the fount of my unease. Shutting the door does not solve the problem and N.I.M.B.Y mentality will only raise the tensions. But can we, can I find it in myself to come to terms with results of social iniquity!?  We who wholly profit from Globalisation, will we not pay our dues in full!?

Sitting under the shade of the Fig, whose fruits provided me with breakfast, I begin to wonder: is paradise an egotistical desire? We all desire moments of well being as the rewards of life and I feel that we are all deserving of them in a responsible manner. These are the true tests of faith whose seeds were sown by the french revolutionaries. Are our libertarian ideals of man truly universal and to what extant are we willing to sacrifice for them? We cannot yet expect those of "Unenlightened" cultures to understand the intellectual need behind what we hold dear.

They will however never understand these ideals if we do not practice them and they remain solely prophetic words in cyberspace. Such as these? Sigh!






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