Performed for the first time in its original uncut version, this production of Guillaume Tell was the jewel in the crown of the 25-year history of the ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ opera festival. Rossini’s final, great, operatic masterpiece is a story of liberation, the oppressed Swiss attaining their ideal of emancipation by hounding the tyrannical Habsburgs out of their country. Although it was composed for the complex demands of the Paris Opéra, numerous dances, choruses and arias were dropped for reasons of practicality. These are restored in the present recording which also includes the stunning finale of the shorter 1831 version of the opera.
Cast includes Judith Howarth (Mathilde), Andrew Foster-Williams (Tell) and Michael Spyres (Arnold). Antonino Fogliani conducts the Virtuosi Brunensis and the Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan. (NAXOS)