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Performer: Torsten Kerl

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Remarkable Die Frau ohne Schatten marred by visual effects

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Die Frau ohne Schatten in Bucharest © Andrada Pavel
At the Enescu Festival n Bucharest Vladimir Jurowski celebrates the centennial of Die Frau one Schatten’s premiere.
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Deutsche Oper revives Stölzl's Rienzi staging

Torsten Kerl (Rienzi) © Bettina Stöß
Staging the story of the Italian political figure Rienzi as that of a dictator in 20th-century Germany was an inspired idea. This revival was a rare occasion to experience Wagner's early opera. 
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Bayreuth comes to the Ruhr for a new Tristan und Isolde

Torsten Kerl (Tristan) and Catherine Foster (Isolde) © Karl Forster
Catherine Foster returns, in the Ruhr, to the role of Isolde with Torsten Kerl in a new production of Tristan und Isolde .
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

Torsten Kerl (Énée) © Hans Jörg Michel (2016)
A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
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A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

At the basic level Tristan und Isolde is an opera of hormones, not happenings; fathoms deeper it explores human experience at a point where sense is dumb and flesh retires – as close to heaven and hell as it’s possible to go without first having to die.
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