Grétry's Guillaume Tell

Stefano Mazzonis (stage director), Claudio Scimone (conductor) – With Marc Laho (Guillaume Tell), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Madame Tell), Lionel Lhote (Guesler)...

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Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera — Stage director
Jean-Guy Lecat — Stage sets
Fernand Ruiz — Costumes
Franco Marri — Lighting
Marc Laho — William Tell
Anne-Catherine Gillet — Madame Tell
Lionel Lhote — Guesler
Liesbeth Devos — Marie
Patrick Delcour — Father Melktal
Stefan Cifolelli — Son Melktal
Natacha Kowalski — William Tell's Son
Roger Joakim — The Traveler
Bernard Van Hoye — Surlemann
Jean-Marc Brouxel — An Officer
Children's Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry’s death, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie brought the composer’s Guillaume Tell back to life in the city of his birth. With a mostly Belgian cast, they offer a brilliant revival of a monument of Walloon music history. Stefano Mazzonis Di Pralafera decided to exaggerate the comic bent of the original libretto by framing the production with exuberantly zany stage sets inspired by circus theater. Marc Laho incarnates the perfect hero (Guillaume Tell) and the sublime Anne-Catherine Gillet his wife (Madame Tell). The opera is set in 13th century Switzerland, and stages patriotic Swiss people’s heroic fight for liberty—with Tell as their chief—against the evil and oppression of the Austrians led by Guesler, the local governor. A superb production of a raucously entertaining opera!

Photo: © Jacques-Croisier

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Directed by:
Frédéric Caillierez
Venue: Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège (Liège, Belgium)
Production date: 2013
Duration: 1 h 27 min
Production: © Arte G.E.I.E., Oxymore, Orw, Web Style Productions, Jim & Jules
Available subtitle(s): Fr
Resolution: Full HD