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Matthew Gurewitsch
Opera News, April 2014

WAGNER, R.: Rienzi (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2012) (NTSC) OA1110D
WAGNER, R.: Rienzi (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7125D

…Kerl is in full command, unfazed by the fiendishly high tessitura, grandiloquent of phrase, purposeful and trenchant with text.

In the trouser role of the aristocrat Adriano…Daniela Sindram…displays bright, slashing authority…

The Toulouse edition, prepared by conductor Pinchas Steinberg, runs an expansive three hours, delivered with momentum, brio and spells of hazy introspection, all valuable commodities here. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, November 2013

WAGNER, R.: Rienzi (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2012) (NTSC) OA1110D
WAGNER, R.: Rienzi (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7125D

Good sound, sensible pictures and a well-rehearsed musical result. Buy it… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, October 2013

In the title role Torsten Kerl is a tower of strength…The part of his sister…is well taken by Marika Schönberg…

Pinchas Steinberg obtains vigorous and expressive performances from both the orchestra and the chorus…

The production by Jorge Lavelli is minimal but generally effective, and thankfully sticks pretty closely to Wagner’s precisely described intentions…

There is a substantial bonus in the shape of interviews with many of the individuals involved in the production. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Levine, October 2013

Steinberg’s leadership is faultless, with forward propulsion…that actually turns the opera into real drama. He also gets superb playing from The Orchestra National du Capitole and glorious choral work from both the Capitole and La Scala singers. The former makes its superb impression during the wonderful overture with its right-on brass calls, silky string playing, and plangent winds. And the two choruses, with plenty to do, prove themselves able to sing at all dynamic levels and with fine attention to the text.

The vocal star of the show is, quite rightly, tenor Torsten Kerl, who is making somewhat of a specialty of this crazily demanding part. Kerl is tireless…[his voice] is mostly appealing and he’s an intelligent artist.

Soprano Marika Schönberg sings Irene’s music with great feeling but occasionally flies wildly sharp…Mezzo Daniela Sindram’s Adriano is delivered with power and thrust, the tone true. Richard Wiegold and Stefan Heidemann as Colonna and Orsini sing with power and expressiveness, and Robert Bork, as Cardinal Orvieto, is a proper bully. The others…are all first class. © 2013 Read complete review

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