ROSSINI’S GUGLIELMO TELL (WILLIAM TELL)
CONDUCTED BY GIANANDREA NOSEDA
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2:00 PM
Concert Performance of Rossini’s Rarely Performed Opera Features Baritone
Dalibor Jenis as Tell, Tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and Soprano Angela Meade as Matilde
|On Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents Teatro Regio Torino in a concert performance of Rossini’s opera Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and sung in Italian by an outstanding cast that includes baritone Dalibor Jenis in the title role, tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and soprano Angela Meade as Matilde. The concert is part of the opera company’s first-ever North American tour, with stops in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.
Based on a Schiller drama, Rossini’s rarely performed opera was his last work and his dramatic masterpiece. A grand opera in every sense, William Tell thrills with its passionate arias, superb ensembles, and sweeping orchestral splendor—including its famous overture, heard often in concert.
The remaining cast includes bass Marco Spotti (Gualtiero), bass Fabrizio Beggi (Melchtal), soprano Marina Bucciarelli (Jemmy), mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Chiuri (Edvige), bass Gabriele Sagona (Gessler), tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Un pescatore), tenor Saverio Fiore (Rodolfo), and bass Paolo Maria Orecchia (Leutoldo); with the Chorus Teatro Regio Torino, Claudio Fenoglio, Chorus Master.
About the Artists
American tenor John Osborn, who sings the role of Arnoldo, one of the most difficult in the repertory, was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He studied voice with Anne Larson at Simpson College in Iowa, and was a winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions when he was only 21 years old. Mr. Osborn was then invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program. He continued his vocal studies with Edward Zambara at The Juilliard School.
Today, Mr. Osborn performs in opera houses from San Francisco to Tokyo, and he makes regular appearances with world renowned orchestras from Seattle to Moscow. In 2012, Mr. Osborn became the first non-Italian to win the Aureliano Pertile Tenor Award in Asti, Italy. He is also the recipient of a 2011 Goffredo Petrassi Award for his contributions to Italian culture. Recently, Mr. Osborn returned to the Salzburg Festival for a repeat performance of Otello, and he sang the title role in Les contes d’Hoffman in Tokyo with L’Opéra de Lyon and Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Caramoor and Le Chevalier des Grieux in a new production of Manon at L’Opéra de Lausanne. Prior to that, Mr. Osborn made his role debut as Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Arena di Verona; and sang Pollione in his stage debut of Norma in Salzburg. He made his debut in the title role of Werther with Oper Frankfurt; and also sang the title role in Otello at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Soprano Angela Meade who sings the role of Matilde, was the recipient of the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. Since her professional debut in 2008, she has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation. She excels in the most demanding heroines of the nineteenth-century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
Ms. Meade joined an elite group of singers when she made her professional operatic debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, substituting for an ill colleague in March 2008, in the role of Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani. The Associated Press wrote of the debut, “she showed a vibrant voice with nice color and an assured technique and sang like an old pro from start to finish.” Ms. Meade had previously sung on the Met stage as one of the winners of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a process that is documented in the film The Audition, released on DVD by Decca.
Gianandrea Noseda is among the most sought-after conductors of our time. In addition to his work with Teatro Regio Torino, he regularly conducts many of the leading international orchestras and is Chief Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Laureate Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He also served as the first foreign principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre from 1997 to 2007.
Maestro Noseda’s work with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino has included major recording projects and international tours and residencies in Asia and Europe, including those at Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Dresden Music Festival, and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Numerous productions that he led at Teatro Regio Torino have been released on DVD such as Verdi’s I vespri siciliani and Don Carlo, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, and Massenet’s Thaïs directed by Stefano Poda, which was recently recognized as one of the top twenty opera productions of the last twenty years by BBC Music Magazine. He has also conducted the musicians of Teatro Regio Torino in two solo aria recording projects by Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón for the Deutsche Grammophon label celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday.
Recent engagements have included Maestro Noseda’s debut at Vienna Staatsoper and at the Musikverein in Vienna. His relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra continued in summer 2013 when he made his debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with a new production of Rigoletto staged by Robert Carsen. At Teatro alla Scala he has also continued his personal homage to Verdi, conducting a successful production of Aida in fall 2013. At the Metropolitan Opera, Maestro Noseda most recently conducted two operas during the 2013–2014 season, including a new production of Prince Igor staged by Dmitry Cherniakov.
The new Teatro Regio Torino was inaugurated in 1973 with Verdi’s I vespri siciliani with Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano. Today, the Teatro Regio combines traditional opera repertoire—like the production of La bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni that commemorated the work’s premiere, a performance seen live on television by more than four million viewers—with innovative opera theater, under such directors as Robert Carsen, Hugo de Ana, Zhang Yimou, Damiano Michieletto, Jonathan Miller, Laurent Pelly, Stefano Poda, Luca Ronconi, and Graham Vick, as well as great film directors like William Friedkin, Andrey Konchalowskiy, Ermanno Olmi, Jean Reno, Ettore Scola, and Andrei Tarkovsky. World-famous conductors have led productions at the opera house, including Roberto Abbado, Bruno Bartoletti, Semyon Bychkov, Bruno Campanella, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò, Yutaka Sado, Pinchas Steinberg, and Jeffrey Tate. In addition to opera, there are regular guest appearances by the world’s most important ballet companies, from the Royal Ballet of London to the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow and the Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg. During the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Teatro Regio produced four operas in the span of two weeks, including three new productions and two world premieres, for a total of 24 performances.
With a staff of 380 people and an annual budget of around 40 million euros, the Teatro Regio is one of the most important opera houses in Italy. The primary commitment of the theater is the opera and ballet season, which is combined with a series of symphony concerts and a full program of activities for schools that involves more than 50,000 young people every year. In recent years, the production output of the company has increased considerably in terms of both quantity and quality, ensuring its prominent role in the international artistic scene. This is demonstrated by the many co-productions with major European institutions and its record audiences of more than 250,000 people each year and more then 14,000 season ticket holders, the largest figure of any Italian opera house.
GIOACHINO ROSSINI Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) (concert performance)
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