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Guillaume Tell (in concert)

Gioachino Rossini

In Guillaume Tell, his thirty-ninth and last opera, Rossini took a completely new direction compared to his previous works, and in 1829 presented one of the first great masterpieces of the new Grand Opéra genre. For this work – colossal in every respect, with a huge cast of soloists, large chorus and orchestra performing theatrical music, a corps de ballet, four acts with spectacular effects and almost four hours of music – Rossini made use of a libretto based on Schiller’s play about the struggle for freedom by the Swiss cantons under the leadership of the legendary William Tell against the Hapsburg occupiers. A marvellous score fully permeated by Romanticism, which here, in the full, original French version conducted by Evelino Pidò, will undoubtedly produce some exuberant vocal fireworks!

Opera in concert
Production La Monnaie / De Munt
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