William Tell (French: Guillaume Tell, Italian: Guglielmo Tell) is a French-language 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."
Paris Opéra archivist Charles Malherbe discovered the original orchestral score of the opera at a secondhand book seller's shop, resulting in its being acquired by the Paris Conservatoire.
Performances & Interviews
- Part 02 - Rossini - William Tell Overturehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cm4hg.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cm4hg.jpg2013-06-19T23:00:00.000ZAndrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Rossini's William Tell Overture.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bp1np
Part 02 - Rossini - William Tell OvertureAndrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Rossini's William Tell Overture.
- Rossini: William Tellhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sjh5w.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sjh5w.jpg2014-07-04T15:16:00.000ZIn this Music Guide, Suzy Klein talks about Rossini's William Tell.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0225gyq
Rossini: William TellIn this Music Guide, Suzy Klein talks about Rossini's William Tell.
- Rossini: William Tellhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cm7vp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cm7vp.jpg2014-11-22T15:28:00.000ZRichard Osborne compares recordings of Rossini's William Tell for Building a Library on Radio 3.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02cm7w6
Rossini: William TellRichard Osborne compares recordings of Rossini's William Tell for Building a Library on Radio 3.