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)
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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
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”
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