- Leyla Bersiani (Soprano)
- Enrico Campi (Bass)
- Leyla Gencer (Soprano)
- Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone)
- Bruno Marangoni (Bass)
- Silviano Pagliuca (Voice)
- Gianni Raimondi (Tenor)
- Anna Rota (Mezzo Soprano)
- Paolo Washington (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
Rossini had already written dozens of successful operas and was wealthy by the time he decided to retire from the stage in the late 1820s. By then he was living the good life in Paris, and though the Opera offered him a contract for five operas at unheard-of fees, he turned them down. Like many opera composers who have wished to be remembered for something more serious and substantial than their popular comedies, Rossini determined to write a grand finale to his career on a lofty subject derived from Friedrich Schiller's dramatic German version of the story Wilhelm Tell (1804). Not until the 1960s did the original full-length French version begin to be favored again, in consequence of the triumph of the Authenticism Movement in the classical music world. Many of the finest historic recordings, however, are of the streamlined Italian version, as in this exciting live performance from Naples in 1965.
Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer has long been a favorite of vocal collectors, as she never had a major recording contract and can only be heard in live performances.
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Works DetailsRossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
- Performers: Leyla Bersiani (Soprano); Enrico Campi (Bass); Leyla Gencer (Soprano); Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone); Bruno Marangoni (Bass); Silviano Pagliuca (Voice); Gianni Raimondi (Tenor); Anna Rota (Mezzo Soprano); Paolo Washington (Bass)
- Conductor: Fernando Previtali
- Ensemble: Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus
- Running Time: 76 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1829
- Studio/Live: Live