Canadian Lance Ryan is one of the most sought-after heldentenors in the world today. He is especially appreciated in major roles in operas by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.
After his vocal studies with teachers like Gianni Raimondi and Carlo Bergonzi and the start of his career in Italy, where he won the AsLiCo competition in 2002, he moved to Germany in 2005 to fully develop his vast repertoire. As a permanent member of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe he had numerous opportunities to make his debut in key roles such as Siegmund/Die Walküre, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Siegfried, Siegfried/Götterdämmerung, Otello, Calaf/Turandot, Kaiser/Die Frau ohne Schatten, Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos, Andrea Chénier, Florestan/Fidelio and Enzo/Gioconda.
Lance Ryan enjoyed enormous successes singing Siegfried at the Bayreuth Festival 2010 under Christian Thielemann, at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2009 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia under Zubin Mehta, at the Strasbourg Opera under Claus Peter Flor and Marko Letonja, and also at the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent under Ivan Törsz. He performed Bacchus at the State Operas in Dresden and in Vienna, at the Royal Opera House in London, at Berlin's Deutsche Oper, and at the Metropolitan Opera New York. He made his debut in Rome as Turridu/Cavalleria rusticana. At the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari he sang Siegmund and Hoffegut/Die Vögel. He then performed Otello in Oslo and Hannover and Erik/Der fliegende Holländer in Stuttgart and Bavarian State Opera Munich.
In 2009 Lance Ryan sang his first Enée/Les Troyens in Valencia, then at St. Petersburg Marinskij Theatre, both under Valeri Gergiev. In 2010 he performed Calaf in a production of the Berio version at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam under Yannik Nézet-Seguin. He then made his debut as Apollo/Daphne at the Frankfurt opera. Lance Ryan starred as Lohengrin in a concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelson, and made his Cologne debut as Siegmund in June 2010. In September 2010 Lance Ryan performed Siegmund/Die Walküre and Siegfried/Götterdämmerung at Shanghai's Expo. Afterwards he sang Apollo at Semperoper Dresden, gave his debut at Milan's Teatro alla Scala as Don José/Carmen, and was heard in concerts of Das Lied von der Erde in Kiel and of Janacek's Glagolithic Mass with the Chicago Symphony under Pierre Boulez.
Ryan started 2011 singing in a new production of Götterdämmerung in Strasbourg. He made his debut as Max/Der Freischütz in Barcelona, he performed as Florestan in Valencia and Gurrelieder in Strasbourg and Paris under the baton of Marc Albrecht. Also, he returned to Barcelona to sing Apollo with Teatro Liceu in July. In the fall of 2011 Ryan performed the two Siegfrieds in a new production of the Ring des Nibelungen in Frankfurt, followed by an engagement as Bacchus at Cologne Opera in December. The year 2012 began with a short-term engagement as Otello in Frankfurt, then he jumped in as Enzo in Mannheim, and is currently performing Lohengrin in a new production in Karlsruhe.
More of his forthcoming projects include an engagement as Siegmund/Die Walküre in Paris, as well as new productions of Siegfried at Berlin's State Opera and Milan's La Scala under Daniel Barenboim, at Bavarian State Opera under Kent Nagano, and in Sevilla in the successful production of La fura dels Baus.
In 2013 Lance Ryan will return to the Bayreuth Festival, performing as Siegfried in the bicentennial Ring, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The same role he will perform as well at Liceu Barcelona, Tokio, Cologne and Deutsche Oper Berlin under Sir Simon Rattle and Donald Runnicles. Furthermore Lance Ryan will return to the Vienna State Opera in 2013 as Florestan and Don José, to Cologne for example as Lohengrin, Otello and Samson, to Frankfurt Opera as Otello and Tannhäuser.
The entire Ring recording 2010 from Palau de les Arts under Zubin Metha, featuring Mr Ryan as Siegfried, is available on DVD and Blu Ray, same as the recording of Les Troyens under Valeri Gergiev, which has been released in the summer of 2011. By the summer of 2012 the release on CD of both, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung from Frankfurt, is expected.