“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.
Read in a vacuum these words may elicit a smile, perhaps brief glimpse into the possibilities that exist for us as creatures capable of reason and invention. And if read in a vacuum, they may do this and little more as the next inevitable moment approaches and demands our attention back from the realm of dreams and infinite potential.
With the deepest gratitude and a burning desire to improve and learn and grow without ceasing, Lars Klotz found in these words a grain of wisdom that tilted the scales in the direction of risk and of vulnerability on the stage with the renewed belief that the wildest of dreams could be realized in the physical realm if the fire was fed with persistence of will, belief, determination and hard work.
Following his operatic debut as Sarastro, Lars has been challenged and blessed with roles such as Olin Blitch in Carlyle Floyd’s “Susannah”, as well as numerous scene studies as Leporello, Il Commendatore, Rocco and others. Following his first title role as Gianni Schicchi, Lars was pleased to plunge back into Mozart as the vindictive Dr. Bartolo in “The Marriage of Figaro” with DragonDiva this summer.
The privilege to take part in a work of music as magnificent and fantastical in its scope and tenderness as “The Magic Flute” is, fills accomplished and aspiring artists alike with eager and grateful anticipation. Lars hopes, “von herzen”, that his participation as Sarastro in tonight’s performance will have allowed you to revel in the glory and grandeur of Mozart’s German masterpiece, as this profoundly human fairytale takes it’s shape from genial strokes of pen into the deepest emotion.
Many thanks are due for the support, wisdom and knowledge necessary on this journey, first of all to the beautiful, talented, ever present and supportive Jessie Lynn Klotz. To Leon for his creativity, to Georgia for her courage, to Werner and Christa for the work ethic, and to David Meek for his encyclopedia of vocal knowledge along with the passion to share it with his students among whom Lars Klotz is honoured to be counted.
And of course to everyone else, for everything else!