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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini to a libretto by Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy and L. F. Bis, based on Friedrich Schiller's play William Tell, which, in turn, drew on the William Tell legend. The opera was Rossini's last, although he lived for nearly 40 more years. Fabio Luisi said that Rossini planned for William Tell to be his last opera even as he composed it. The often-performed overture in four sections features a depiction of a storm and a vivacious finale, the "March of the Swiss Soldiers."
Guglielmo Tell – Sherrill Milnes
Arnoldo – Luciano Pavarotti
Matilde – Mirella Freni
Gualtiero – Nicolai Ghiaurov
Jemmy – Della Jones
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly – conductor
DECCA - 1980