Torsten Kerl

Torsten Kerl has another website complete with anything you'd expect there, except his date of birth (1967, Gelsenkirchen). Kerl is one of the biggest idiots I've ever seen & heard on a stage. He was such a good lyrical comprimario in the late 1990s. Then, he slowly ventured into larger roles such as Alfredo, much to my delight; even though the top register was a weak point, there was definitely hope the voice would develop in that (upper) direction, too. Then, all of a sudden, he left the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and was considered a heldentenor, Paul in Die tote Stadt being his new cheval-de-bataille. Well... I heard it on the radio and preferred not to attend the performance when he came back to the Staatsoper (after a period of absence) to sing it on stage. And I did hear him again (as a "heldentenor") in Jonny spielt auf at the Staatsoper. What a failure, what a nightmare, what a misunderstanding. Hardly anybody has ever ruined a promising second-rank voice (a typical comprimario-that-sings-main-parts-sometimes) by pushing and forcing it into a far too heavy repertory in the astonishingly crazy manner Torsten Kerl did it.
Robert Schlesinger
Torsten Kerl sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
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