Magazine article Opera Canada

Teatro De la Maestranza

Magazine article Opera Canada

Teatro De la Maestranza

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Lance Ryan is the Siegfried of our day, having forged the role carefully and confidently across the leading opera houses of Europe. Last December, it was the turn of Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza, where I heard the enthusiastically applauded tenor on opening and closing night in Siegfried. Ryan is lyrical and powerful at once, the ingredients for a true heldentenor. He was assertive with Mime and Fafner, insolent with the Wanderer, yearning ever so gently for his mother Sieglinde and full of fear as he kissed the sleeping Valkyrie. Agile in movement, he balanced impudence with a glorious finale. All was not perfect however: his German diction needs work and the vibrato on the last night was a touch disconcerting. In this very strong cast, Brunnhilde was Catherine Foster. An ideal match for Ryan, the English soprano was innocent, doubtful and amazed. Thankfully, there was not a trace of harshness in her voice. Indeed, this was a heroine who awoke to discover a whole new world slowly. Alan Held was a grandiose and ultimately sorrowful Wanderer. As Mime, Robert Brubaker was excellent: in fact, his radiant voice exceeded the demands of the histrionic role. …

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