At The Opera, Rossini's Guglielmo Tell (William Tell), January 16, 2021
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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".
William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. According to the legend, Tell was an expert marksman with the crossbow who assassinated Albrecht Gessler, a tyrannical ruler of the Austrian dukes of the House of Habsburg positioned in Altdorf, in the canton of Uri. Tell's defiance and tyrannicide encouraged the population to open rebellion and a pact against the foreign rulers with neighbouring Schwyz and Unterwalden, marking the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy.
Guglielmo Tell - Sherrill Milnes
Arnoldo - Luciano Pavarotti
Matilde - Mirella Freni
Gualtiero - Nicolai Ghiaurov
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly - conductor
LONDON - 1980
Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Pavarotti / Freni
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Ricardo Chailly, conductor