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Guillaume Tell - The Royal Opera

When:

Sun 6 Sep 2015, 4:00pm–8:40pm
Wed 9 Sep 2015, 1:30pm–6:10pm

Where: Lido Cinema, Centre Place, 501 Victoria St, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Senior: $16.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: richard159

The last opera from the Royal Opera House 2015 season on screen!

Guillaume Tell had its premiere in 1829, when Gioachino Rossini was 37. He wouldn't write another opera in the remaining 39 years of his life. Rossini's letters suggest he knew Guillaume Tell would be his farewell to opera – an idea that seems to be confirmed by the magnificent music he was inspired to produce. Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, the score – harmonically daring and fiercely difficult for the singers – has an opulent architectural grandeur, heightened with vivid evocations of the soaring Swiss landscape and an incisive dramatic interpretation of Schiller's heroic play.

The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell. In the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Italian rising star Damiano Michieletto (La bohème and Falstaff at Salzburg Festival; Un ballo in maschera at La Scala, Milan) makes his Royal Opera directing debut with this contemporary production, the Company's first since 1990. Rossini’s score is one of his most outstanding, and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles, as those who have heard Antonio Pappano’s admired recording – which also features Gerald Finley (Tell), John Osborn (Arnold) and Malin Byström (Mathilde) – will know. This promises to be a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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