In spring 2019 Elena Batoukova-Kerl made her much acclaimed debut as BRÜNNHILDE in “Götterdämmerung” at the Würzburg Theatre.
Fascinating Elena Batoukova-Kerl’s vocal performance in her debut as Brünnhilde. Highly dramatic beyond reproach. Her anadorned voice exudes undiminished brilliance in all registers, even where intimacy is needed, she can rely on her freely oscillating, lyrically toned vocal cords.
K.G.v.Karais wrote in the music magazine ‘Das Opernglas’ 7/8 2019
Guest engagements brought Elena Batoukova-Kerl to the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the Opéra de Bastille in Paris, the National Opera House in Riga, the Bayreuth Festival, the Ludwigsburg Festival, the Wiesbaden May Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Aarhus Opera Festival in Denmark, the Smetana Opera Festival in Prague, …just to name a few.
Here, she sang central parts of the mezzo soprano repertoire, amongst them AZUCENA, EBOLI, ULRICA, AMNERIS, CARMEN, ANNINA, VENUS, BRANGÄNE, WALTRAUTE and worked with such renowned directors and conductors as Robert Carsen, George Delnon, Götz Friedrich; Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Karel Mark Chichon, Adám Fischer, Michael Jurowski, Wladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi, Ulf Schirmer, Peter Schneider, Christian Thielemann.
The Russian born singer completed her musical studies at the Gnessin Music Conservatory and the Conservatory in Moscow with Prof. Schumilova.
With roles such as KUNDRY in „Parsifal“ and SANTUZZA in „Cavalleria Rusticana“, which she sang at the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Vienna State Opera, the artist expanded her repertoire.
In 2014 she sang her first SIEGLINDE on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Graz Music Association.
Moreover, Elena Batoukova-Kerl is a very much sought-after concert soloist. She performed in numerous concerts with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonics, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungaria Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphonics, the Southwest Broadcasting Orchestra Baden-Baden, the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, the State Philharmonic Orchestra Rheinland-Pfalz, the Hessian Radio Orchestra, and the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz.
Her repertoire includes the Verdi-Requiem, Rossini’s ‚Petite messe solemnelle‘, Bach’s ‚Weihnachtsoratorium‘, Händel’s ‚Messias‘, Schubert’s ‚Mass in in A flat major‘, Beethoven’s ‚Missa Solemnis‘, Wagner’s ‚Wesendonk-Lieder‘, Mozart’s ‚Requiem‘, Dvorak’s ‚Requiem‘, Suppé’s ‚Requiem‘.
At the beginning of 2020 she sang in a huge Wagner Gala Concert in Aarhus (Denmark).
In the season 2021/2022 Elena Batoukova-Kerl is AMNERIS in a new production of “Aida” at the New Music Theratre Linz. She also sings in a WAGNER GALA CONCERT at the Würzburg Theatre.
Torsten Kerl’s wife, SIEGLINDE was sung by the Russian singer Elena Batoukova-Kerl… To me, her performance was the most brilliant of the evening. The role perfectly suits her – her voice flows in all registers without any obstruction. Besides, with her perfect articulation, her little hand gestures and her concentrated mime she really is Sieglinde. Listening to her, the audience thinks himself is in a music theatre – even it was just a concert performance. www.opernfreund.de