Torsten Kerl

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Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner: Rienzi

Recorded live at Theâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, October 2012


Torsten Kerl (Rienzi), Marika Schönberg (Irene), Daniela Sindram (Adriano), Richard Wiegold (Colonna), Stefan Heidemann (Orsini), Robert Bork (Cardinal Orvieto), Marc Heller (Baroncelli), Leonardo Neiva (Cecco del Vecchio) & Jennifer O’Loughlin (Peace Messenger)

Orchestre national du Capitole, Choeur du Capitole, Choeur de l’Accademia & Teatro alla Scala de Milan, Pinchas Steinberg (conductor) & Jorge Lavelli (director)

Championing love and personal heroism in the face of ecclesiastical oppression and political chicanery, Wagner’s third opera explores characteristic themes with terrific energy which culminates in the eponymous Roman tribune’s famous prayer to the gods of his fatherland, followed by a riot which prefigures the young composer’s own abortive career as a firebrand and revolutionary. Within the timeless and elegant minimalism of Jorge Lavelli’s production, Torsten Kerl brings ringing authority to the title role, supported by the experienced Wagnerian Pinchas Steinberg. Opus Arte’s key release for the Wagner BICENTENARY.

Features Torsten Kerl as Rienzi – a role he has won wide acclaim for.

Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, who draws particularly fine playing from the Capitole’s orchestra.

Extra features include: ‘Thoughts on Rienzi’ and Cast gallery.

Running time: 231 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Lavelli and conductor Steinberg make much sense of (at least) the personal drama of Wagner's grand Romantic opera...[Kerl, Sindram and Schonberg] pace themselves well; even with the blue pencil this is big singing...I was moved. Good sound, sensible pictures and a well-rehearsed musical result. Buy it” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“A simple set keeps the action flowing and the moments of high drama are not shirked...Steinberg’s conducting provides...a controlled but vivid reading of this sprawling score...Kerl’s tenor remains unflagging throughout, with reserves to make something special of his Act 5 prayer.” Opera Now ***

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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt, Op. 12

Korngold: Die Tote Stadt, Op. 12


Angela Denoke, Torsten Kerl, Yuri Batukov, Brigitta Svenden, Barbara Beier, Julia Oesch, Christian Baumgärtel, Stephan Genz

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Jan Latham-Koenig, stage direction by Inga Levant

Recording Date: 2001

Place of recording: Opéra National du Rhin

Running Time: 145 min

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Mahler: Das klagende Lied


Simone Schneider (soprano), Taja Ariane Baumgartner (mezzo-soprano), Torsten Kerl (tenor), Adrian Erod (baritone), Camilo Diaz Delegado (tenor), Juyoung Kim (bass)

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Singakademie, Soloists of the Tölzer Knabenchor, Cornelius Meister

Mahler's cantata Das klagende Lied continues to be a rarity on concert programmes, despite the fact that the composer is recognised today as one of music history's most preeminent figures, many of whose works form part of the standard repertoire. The significance of this large-scale symphonic choral piece is that it represents the foundation of Mahler’s more widely-known compositions. As such, it is a key component in understanding Mahler and interpreting his works. It could be said that Das klagende Lied represents a summary of all Mahler's creative output up to that point in his life. It also foreshadows the works that were to come.

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Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festspiele, July 2014


Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser), Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth), Michelle Breedt (Venus), Markus Eiche (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Kwangchul Youn (Landgraf Hermann), Lothar Odinius (Walther von der Vogelweide), Thomas Jesatko (Biterolf), Stefan Heibach (Heinrich der Schreiber), Rainer Zaun (Reinmar von Zweter)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Axel Kober (conductor) & Sebastian Baumgarten (stage director)

Wagner’s tale of the struggle between spiritual and profane love, and of redemption through love, is given a radical visual update in Sebastian Baumgarten’s controversial yet thought-provoking Bayreuth production. Joep van Lieshout’s giant installation ‘The Technocrat’ dominates the stage, its industrial interior giving credence to the idea that Tannhäuser is one big experiment and playing host to some magnificent performances, among them Torsten Kerl’s robust interpretation of the title role and Camilla Nylund’s wonderfully empathetic Elisabeth.

Extra features: Interviews with Sebastian Baumgarten, Axel Kober, Eberhard Friedrich, Torsten Kerl, Camilla Nylund, Short films: Stage technique, Make-up etc a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 252 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO

Sound format: LPCM stereo/DTS Master Audio 5.1 (BLU-RAY)

“Tannhäuser, not the easiest opera in the repertoire to cast, is handsomely sung here...Torsten Kerl puts his Rienzi experience to good use as the frustrated minstrel...His women are powerful...and (for once) powerfully contrasted. Camilla Nylund's Elisabeth has a range of novel emotions to convey, including humour and sexual interest...Question marks begin with the staging.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

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Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festspiele, July 2014


Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser), Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth), Michelle Breedt (Venus), Markus Eiche (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Kwangchul Youn (Landgraf Hermann), Lothar Odinius (Walther von der Vogelweide), Thomas Jesatko (Biterolf), Stefan Heibach (Heinrich der Schreiber), Rainer Zaun (Reinmar von Zweter)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Axel Kober (conductor) & Sebastian Baumgarten (stage director)

Wagner’s tale of the struggle between spiritual and profane love, and of redemption through love, is given a radical visual update in Sebastian Baumgarten’s controversial yet thought-provoking Bayreuth production. Joep van Lieshout’s giant installation ‘The Technocrat’ dominates the stage, its industrial interior giving credence to the idea that Tannhäuser is one big experiment and playing host to some magnificent performances, among them Torsten Kerl’s robust interpretation of the title role and Camilla Nylund’s wonderfully empathetic Elisabeth.

Extra features: Interviews with Sebastian Baumgarten, Axel Kober, Eberhard Friedrich, Torsten Kerl, Camilla Nylund, Short films: Stage technique, Make-up etc a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 252 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO

Sound format: stereo/DTS Master Audio 5.1 (BLU-RAY)

“Tannhäuser, not the easiest opera in the repertoire to cast, is handsomely sung here...Torsten Kerl puts his Rienzi experience to good use as the frustrated minstrel...His women are powerful...and (for once) powerfully contrasted. Camilla Nylund's Elisabeth has a range of novel emotions to convey, including humour and sexual interest...Question marks begin with the staging” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

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Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner: Rienzi

Recorded live at Theâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, October 2012


Torsten Kerl (Rienzi), Marika Schönberg (Irene), Daniela Sindram (Adriano), Richard Wiegold (Colonna), Stefan Heidemann (Orsini), Robert Bork (Cardinal Orvieto), Marc Heller (Baroncelli), Leonardo Neiva (Cecco del Vecchio) & Jennifer O’Loughlin (Peace Messenger)

Orchestre national du Capitole, Choeur du Capitole, Choeur de l’Accademia & Teatro alla Scala de Milan, Pinchas Steinberg (conductor) & Jorge Lavelli (director)

Championing love and personal heroism in the face of ecclesiastical oppression and political chicanery, Wagner’s third opera explores characteristic themes with terrific energy which culminates in the eponymous Roman tribune’s famous prayer to the gods of his fatherland, followed by a riot which prefigures the young composer’s own abortive career as a firebrand and revolutionary. Within the timeless and elegant minimalism of Jorge Lavelli’s production, Torsten Kerl brings ringing authority to the title role, supported by the experienced Wagnerian Pinchas Steinberg. Opus Arte’s key release for the Wagner BICENTENARY.

Features Torsten Kerl as Rienzi – a role he has won wide acclaim for.

Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, who draws particularly fine playing from the Capitole’s orchestra.

Extra features include: ‘Thoughts on Rienzi’ and Cast gallery.

Running time: 231 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Lavelli and conductor Steinberg make much sense of (at least) the personal drama of Wagner's grand Romantic opera...[Kerl, Sindram and Schonberg] pace themselves well; even with the blue pencil this is big singing...I was moved. Good sound, sensible pictures and a well-rehearsed musical result. Buy it” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“A simple set keeps the action flowing and the moments of high drama are not shirked...Steinberg’s conducting provides...a controlled but vivid reading of this sprawling score...Kerl’s tenor remains unflagging throughout, with reserves to make something special of his Act 5 prayer.” Opera Now ***

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A Guided Tour of the Classical Era, Vol. 2

A Guided Tour of the Classical Era, Vol. 2


Zoltan Tokos (guitar), Gyorgy Eder (cello), Tim Hugh (cello), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Anthony Camden (oboe), Balazs Szokolay (piano), Bo Skovhus (baritone), Janusz Monarcha (bass), Peter Koves (bass), Orsolya Safar (soprano), Judith Halasz (soprano), Michael Roider (tenor), Gabriele Sima (contralto), Renato Girolami (bass), Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Michelle Breedt (soprano), Alexander Klinger (tenor), Joanna Borowska (soprano), Peter Mikulas (bass), Rohangiz Yachmi (mezzo-soprano), Priti Coles (soprano), Andrea Martin (baritone), John Dickie (tenor), Ildiko Raimondi (soprano), Boaz Daniel (bass), Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano), Regina Schorg (soprano), Torsten Kerl (tenor), Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (soprano), Hellen Kwon (soprano), Georg Tichy (baritone), Herbert Lippert (tenor), Kurt Rydl (bass), Wilfried Gahmlich (tenor), Lotte Leitner (soprano), Anna di Mauro (mezzo-soprano), Anne Buter (mezzo-soprano), Marcus Ullmann (tenor), Martin Snell (bass), Miriam Allan (soprano), Jeno Jando (piano), Takako Nishizaki (violin), Ladislav Kyselak (viola), Jacek Muzyk (horn), Jozsef Balogh (clarinet), Bela Kovacs (clarinet), Jozsef Vajda (bassoon), Jozsef Kiss (oboe), Jeno Kevehazi (horn), Wolf Harden (piano)

Danubius Quartet, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Failoni Orchestra, Budapest, Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Capella Istropolitana, Hungarian R, Anthony Halstead, Nicholas Ward, Hanspeter Gmur, Uwe Grodd, Alessandro Amoretti, Michael Halasz, Johannes Wildner, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Helmut Muller-Bruhl, Barry Wordsworth, Andras Ligeti, Matyas Antal, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Agnieszka Duczmal, Wolfgang

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Discover Music of the Classical Era

Discover Music of the Classical Era


Jeno Jando (piano), Kalman Berkes (clarinet), Phoebe Payne (organ), Joseph Payne (organ), Alain Trudel (trombone), Tim Hugh (cello), Gabriele Sima (contralto), Robert Holzer (bass-baritone), Kurt Azesberger (tenor), Viktoria Loukianetz (soprano), Ann-Christine Biel (soprano), Kurt Rydl (bass), Hellen Kwon (soprano), Renato Girolami (bass), Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano), Regina Schorg (soprano), Boaz Daniel (bass), Bo Skovhus (baritone), Torsten Kerl (tenor), Ildiko Raimondi (soprano)

Kodaly Quartet, Capella Istropolitana, Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Concentus Hungaricus, Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Chorus, Drottningholm Theatre Choru, Barry Wordsworth, Christian Benda, Uwe Grodd, Donald Armstrong, Anthony Halstead, Wolfgang Sobotka, Bela Drahos, Hanspeter Gmur, Arnold Ostman, Michael Halasz, Diego Fasolis

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Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Recorded live at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen/Gent, 2009


Torsten Kerl (Samson), Marianna Tarasova (Dalila), Nikola Mijailovic (High Priest), Gijs Van der Linden (Old Hebrew)

Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of the Flanders Opera, Tomáš Netopil (conductor) & Omri Nitzan and Amir Nizar Zuabi (directors)

Using the example of the impossible love between the Jew Samson and the Philistine Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns shows the deadly conflict between two hostile cultures and religions.

Staged by the Flanders Opera Company in Antwerp in 2009, Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila is re-located in this production to the contemporary Middle East. The two directors, Israeli Omri Nitzan and Palestinian Amir Nizar Zuabi, explore the tensions between different nations and religions, and the complex relationship between the oppressors and the oppressed. ‘In our approach to this opera we tried to move away from the quasi-biblical interpretation, and to place the story in today’s world to explain its political aspects better,’ say the two directors. ‘Acts of terror by a state will lead to acts of terror against a state, which in turn will lead to more terror by the state and this completes the vicious circle.’

Performed by the Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Gent under the baton of Czech conductor Tomáš Netopil, Samson is sung by the young German tenor Torsten Kerl and Dalila by the Russian mezzo-soprano Marianna Tarasova. The kaleidoscopic colours of the music are brought out with sensitivity and lyricism by the orchestra and singers, unfolding the dramatic story in all its tragic beauty.

With this production the intendant, Aviel Cahn, hopes to elucidate the future course he intends to follow with the Flanders Opera: bringing opera to today’s people. Samson and Dalila promises to be a production that no serious opera connoisseur would want to miss.

Bonus: The Making of Samson et Dalila - including interviews with the production team and Torsten Kerl

Picture format: NTSC - 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: French, English, German, Dutch

Running time: 122 mins (+ Bonus 16 mins)

“Torsten Kerl's timbre suits Samson musically and textually...Kerl is massively built, but he's unafraid of movement and mantains a sympathetic presence.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

“Set in Gaza, Samson et Dalila is ripe for a modern update, especially when jointly directed by an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian...[they] have swapped the role of the Jews from occupied to occupying force...[Kerl's] clarion Wagnerian tenor rings out gloriously...there’s a sincerity and simplicity in his approach which works rather well. Tomas Netopil leads the performance...with plenty of orchestral muscle and vivid excitement in the orgiastic ‘Bacchanale’.” Opera Britannia, 30th June 2011 ****

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Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner: Rienzi

Version in two parts by Philipp Stölzl and Christian Baier


Torsten Kerl (Rienzi), Kate Aldrich (Adriano) & Camilla Nylund (Irene)

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sebastian Lang-Lessing (conductor) & Philipp Stölzl (stage director)

Live Recording from The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2010.

Set Design by Ulrike Siegrist & Philipp Stölz.

Richard Wagner’s early opera “Rienzi” is stylistically closer to Meyerbeer and bel canto than to Wagner’s later masterworks. Yet even this early work – especially as presented in this recording – is “so fantastically beautiful that it takes one’s breath away” (Berliner Zeitung). And in this staging by Philipp Stölzl, who condensed the five-act opera into a little over two hours, “Rienzi” becomes a startlingly powerful and timeless parable of power and abuse.

Though the story of the rise and fall of a charismatic leader and his totalitarian regime takes place in 14th-century Rome, Stölzl sets it somewhere in the recent past. The topic “anticipates the history of the 20th-century in a visionary way”, says Stölzl, adding that “one can make surprising analogies to many despots of this time: Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Ceausescu…” Since film was a central propaganda tool of 20th-century totalitarian systems, Stölzl uses film projections to make the “tribune” Rienzi tower above the masses or, in the style of old newsreels, to show a utopian “New Rome”. It is, after all, with films that Stölzl began his career: directing video clips for Rammstein and Madonna, then directing feature films (“North Face”, “Goethe!”) and staging operas at major venues, including the Salzburg Festival.

Tenor Torsten Kerl, who has visibly studied the gestures of the 20th century’s major dictators, gives a brilliant and eloquent Rienzi; his dutiful sister Irene, sung by Camilla Nylund with great lyrical intensity, is paired with a lover, Adriano, interpreted by the luminous mezzo Kate Aldrich, “the discovery of the evening” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Also worthy of lead-role status is the chorus, which masters its demanding part with stunning presence and accuracy. The orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is led with exuberance and precision by young conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

“…spectacularly thanks to brilliant pseudo-historic footage in the style of Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda films…The production is a knockout.” The Sunday Times

„Perhaps one of the strengths of this evening is that it helps one to be distrustful“ Die Zeit

BONUS: Making Of

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: GB, IT, DE, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 156 mins (Opera), 26 mins (Making Of)

FSK: 12

“no relevant filmic reference...is left unquoted in design or acting. Torsten Kerl's considerable vocal and visual impersonation of the title-role has absorbed, and reproduces, Chaplin's The Great Dictator to an almost frightening degree...this new release, the only official filming of the opera to date, provides a committed and well-sung preview of Rienzi's attractions in a lively production.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“Philipp Stölzl's production...bravely grapples with the issues it raises by reimagining it in terms of 20th-century dictatorship and presenting it as a warning from history...Torsten Kerl is a convincingly horrible dictator, with Camilla Nylund as his fanatical, possibly incestuous sister Irene. The real vocal honours, however, go to Kate Aldrich's Adriano” The Guardian, 9th December 2010 ****

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