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Wagner: Rienzi Blu-ray (Toulouse Opera)

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.

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

Choeur du Capitole
Choeur de l’Accademia
Orchestre national du Capitole
Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg 
Director: Jorge Lavelli
Recorded live at Theâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, October 2012

Plus: Cast Gallery / Interviews with Jorge Lavelli, Pinchas Steinberg and other members of the cast and crew

Picture: 1080i
Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Region code: All Regions
Running time:  176+55 mins  
Recorded: 2012
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO (EN Bonus)
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