Elena BATOUKOVA-KERL  dramat. Soprano
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

In sprind 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‘.

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

 

 
 
 
KRITIKEN
 
Theater Würzburg - Götterdammerung - BRÜNNHILDE
Elena Kerl is a majestic Brünnhilde. She portrays Wotan’s daughter with the glamour of the past. With her clear, brilliant soprano voice she shows every aspect of the fallen Walküre. In the lower and middle registers the beauty of the vocal sound is often covered by the orchestra. It was simply spectacular how she succeeded in vocally realizing the proud, deceived wife’s emotional situation by changing her vocal colors and emphasizing the text. Long lasting applause at her single appearance at the end of the opera. A strong performance!
Turguay Schmidt
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 - Das Opernglas 7/8 2019
This primary concerns Elena Batoukova-Kerl as Brünnhilde, with her brilliant high notes and her voluminous range. Her interpretation of Brunnhilde’s final song is of such spiritedness and passion, one can’t help but think of all her great predecessors… Here, Elena Batoukova- Kerl is particulaly glorious.
Online Merker
www.onlinemerker.com
The challenge of portraying Wotan’s favorite daughter was in good hands (and notes) with Elena Batoukova-Kerl. Right from the first love duet in the first act onto the final monologue in front of the Walhalla in blazing flames she was entirely convincing. She poignantly succeeded in performing devoted, openhearted-human feelings as well as Brünnhilde’s brilliant victory over the demon Hagen. With an undiminished soprano height intensity in the final regards to the dead beloved.
bachtrack
www.bachtrack.com
Also very convincing the Russian soprano Elena Batoukova-Kerl: vocally and in appearance she proved majestic expression, was unapproachable and dominant, yet inside she was vulnerable and sad.
BR Klassik
www.br-klassik.de
 
 
 
ON STAGE
Theater Würzburg - Götterdammerung - BRÜNNHILDE
 
Theater Würzburg - Götterdammerung - BRÜNNHILDE
 
Theater Würzburg - Götterdammerung - BRÜNNHILDE
 
Theater Würzburg - Götterdammerung - BRÜNNHILDE
 
Santuzza - Cavalleria Rusticana
 
Eboli - Don Carlos
 
Brangäne - Tristan und Isolde