Rossini's William Tell from the Netherlands Opera

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Nicola Alaimo as William Tell, Eugénie Warnier as Jemmy, and the Choir of the Dutch Opera in a production of Rossini's 'William Tell.' Nicola Alaimo as William Tell, Eugénie Warnier as Jemmy, and the Choir of the Dutch Opera in a production of Rossini's William Tell. (Ruth Walz)

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If William Tell, the complete opera, was as familiar as its ubiquitous overture, it might just be the most famous opera ever composed. Still, as this production from Amsterdam demonstrates, Rossini's final opera is far more than just the original home to "the theme from the 'Lone Ranger.'"

Host Lisa Simeone presents William Tell in a complete performance from one the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. The cast features baritone Nicola Alaimo in the title role, with tenor John Osborn as Arnold Melcthal, in a production led by conductor Paolo Carignani.

Cast:

Conductor: Paolo Carignani

William Tell: Nicola Alaimo (baritone)

Hedwige: Helena Rasker (mezzo-soprano)

Jemmy: Eugénie Warnier (soprano)

Mathilde: Marina Rebeka (soprano)

Arnold Melcthal: John Osborn (tenor)

Melcthal: Patrick Bolleire (bass)

Gessler: Chrisian Van Horn (bass)

Walter Furst: Marco Spotti (bass)

Ruodi: Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (tenor)

Leuthold: Roberto Accurso (bass)

Netherlands Opera Chorus

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

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Comments [2]

concetta nardone from Nassau

My sentiments, exactly. The Met revives dogs like Bolena and I Puritani.
Bow, wow.

Aug. 11 2013 08:04 AM
Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

This is an opera that is often mentioned as one that the MET should have reivived.It has not been heard there in some 80 years,with the likes of Martinelli and Lauri-Volpi in the pivotal tenor role of Arnold (or Arnoldo,as it was performed in Italian).Many feel that a great opportunity was missed to hear the unsurpassable Arnold of Nicolai Gedda,and the highly admired Arnoldo of Luciano Pavarotti.Thankfully,there are the fine recordings of these two tenorial titans in this opera.

Aug. 10 2013 06:38 PM

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