Guillaume Tell (Grétry)
Guillaume Tell (William Tell) is an opéra comique, described as a drame mise en musique, in three acts by André Grétry, The French text was by Michel-Jean Sedaine based on a play of the same name by Antoine-Marin Lemierre.
It was first performed at the Comédie-Italienne, Paris on 9 April 1791; it was revived at the Opéra-Comique in 1828 before disappearing from the repertoire as Rossini's opera on the same subject gained preference.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, April 9, 1791
(Conductor: – )
|Marie, Guillaume Tell's daughter||soprano||Rose Renaud|
|Melktal, the son||tenor||Elvion|
|Melktal, the father||baritone||Narbonne|
|An old man||Favard|
|Chorus: Soldiers, village boys and girls, people|
The opera is set in 13th century Switzerland. Like Rossini's later work of the same name it portrays the heroic struggle of the liberty-aspiring Swiss patriots led by Tell against the evil and oppressive Austrians under Guesler, the local governor.
- Amadeus Almanac, accessed 30 October 2008
- Guillaume Tell by David Charlton, in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7