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Concert performances
Venue and dates: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
Saturday 16 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
Wednesday 20 October 2010

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Performers:
Guillaume Tell: Gerald Finley
Arnold: John Osborn
Mathilde: Malin Byström
Jemmy: Elena Xanthoudakis
Walter: Matthew Rose
Edwige: Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Pêcheur: Celso Albelo
Gessler: Carlo Cigni
Leuthold: Dawid Kimberg
Melchtal: Fréderic Caton
Rodolphe: Carlo Bosi
Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia

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Brief review, Andrew Clark, ft.com, 4 stars

Rupert Christiansen, telegraph.co.uk, 4 stars

The Independent, 5 stars

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William R. Braun writes in Opera News of December 2011 that Pappano's conducting of the opera is "patchy." Braun deplores cuts in Act IV of the women's trio "Je rends à votre amour" and of the prayer "Toi, qui du faible es l'espérance," a duet with women's chorus. But, as to Gerald Finley in the title role, he says:

Lamberto Gardelli's 1972 audio recording remains the only uncut Tell in French in any format. If there is a reason to spend an evening with Pappano's instead, it is the performance of Gerald Finley in the title role. This is not to slight Gabriel Bacquier's Tell for Gardelli, a portrayal that combines warmth, gravity and elegance in a way that will surprise listeners who only know Bacquier's work in comic roles. But Finley's Tell, noble and intensely personal, is perhaps even more attuned to the specific opera at hand. Finley doesn't save his energy for the showiest solo moments. He is consistently giving a detailed performance even in places such as the busy Act III ensemble. In Act II, he is utterly engaged by the drama."

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"CLASS ACTS: Among the year's remarkable performances were . . . Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell (EMI) . . .."--Recordings--The Best of the Year, Opera News of January 2012.

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"Pappano, . . . at this point one of the most important people in opera, crowned a stunning year . . . with a concert recording of Rossini's Guillaume Tell (EMI Classics). Rossini's last opera, another important work opposing political repression, is, despite the familiarity of a small part of its very long overture, rarely staged (never mind that the enterprising SF Opera performed it twice in the 90s). But with Gerald Finley . . . in the title role, Pappano hit the apple at its core."--Tim Pfaff, "Best classical discs 2011," Bay Area Reporter

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From an article by Joaquín Rábago Rome, 17 October 2010:

Hay asimismo en muchos momentos de Guillermo Tell un profundo sentido de misterio, que quedó perfectamente reflejado anoche en la extraordinaria interpretación de la Accademia de Santa Cecilia, tanto de la orquesta como de su magnífico coro y de sus voces solistas.

Entre éstas destacaron muy especialmente el barítono-bajo británico Gerald Finley en el papel del héroe Guillermo Tell, el tenor John Osborn como Arnoldo, uno de los conjurados suizos contra el opresor austríaco, y la soprano sueca Malin Byström como Matilde, la princesa de Habsburgo.

EMI hará una grabación en directo de este "Guillermo Tell", cantado en el original francés, idioma "que es parte de su encanto", dice Pappano, a partir de las tres funciones programadas en el Parco della Musica.

--abc.es

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