Rossini’s magnificent and extravagant final masterpiece makes a triumphant return to Dublin after a gap of 147 years.
A freedom fighter in Austrian-occupied Switzerland. An oppressive Habsburg governor. The most famous Swiss apple. And a love story that crosses national divides. Rossini’s thrilling epic, his final masterpiece with the world’s most famous overture, is his most ambitious, forward-looking and vocally challenging opera.
Canadian baritone Brett Polegato, described by Opera Magazine as “commanding and passionate” sings the title role, with Gyula Nagy as William Tell on Friday 11 November. Soprano Máire Flavin is the princess Mathilde, with mezzo-soprano Imelda Drumm is William Tell’s wife Hedwige and soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh is his son Jemmy.
William Tell is directed by Julian Chavez and conducted by Fergus Sheil, with set design by Jamie Vartan, costume design by Severine Besson and lighting design by Sinéad Wallace.
William Tell features the INO chorus and INO orchestra and full cast includes Rachel Croash, Jesús León, Konu Kim, Lukas Jakobski, David Ireland, Andrew Gavin, Owen Gilhooly-Miles, Patrick Hyland and Matthew Mannion.