Obituary: Czech Director Tibor Torell Dies at 50

By Francisco Salazar

On Dec. 18, 2021, Czech director Tibor Torell died at the age of 50. No cause of death was given.

Born in 1971 in the Czech Republic, Torell obtained his first theater experience at the National Theater in Brno and at the ABC Theater in Prague. During the 2007-08 season, he took an internship with Katharina Thalbach at the Cologne Opera. 

From 2007 to 2010 he became the assistant director and director at the Theater Aachen and later moved to become the director at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2011 to 2017. With the Theater Aachen he staged numerous operas including “Katya Kabanova”  while at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein he directed Elliott Carter’s “What Next?” and worked with such directors as Claus Guth, Michael Hampe, Andreas Homoki, Christof Nel, and Martin Schläpfer.

In 2018, he began working with the Landestheater Coburg where he staged Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” and Paul Hindemith’s “Neues vom Tage.”

Throughout his career, Torell also directed productions of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” Britten’s “Albert Herring,” and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers”

At the time of his death, he was set to direct Verdi’s “I due Foscari” at the Heidenheim Festival and Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame” in Ostrava.