Guillaume Tell returns to the Rof after 18 years

10 August 2013

Guillaume Tell, the second opera on the Rof programme for 2013, will be performed at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 11th August at the Adriatic Arena (with repeat performances on the 14, 17 and 20 August at the Adriatic Arena at the same time), returning to Pesaro after a gap of 18 years in a new production by Graham Vick. The English director, who has created productions here that have made history in the annals of the Festival such as Moïse et Pharaon (1997) and Mosè in Egitto (2011), has been assisted by Paul Brown for the scenery and costumes, by the choreographer Ron Howell and by the lighting designer Giuseppe Di Iorio, to give rise to a sober and abstract show that avoids any kind of conventionality in order to concentrate on the eternal themes of freedom and the revolt of peoples against oppression and power: military, political and economic.

Nicola Alaimo leads the cast in the title role, followed by Juan Diego Flórez (singing the arduous part of Arnold in Pesaro for the first time), Simon Orfila, Simone Alberghini, Amanda Forsythe, Luca Tittoto, Alessandro Luciano, Celso Albelo, Wojtek Gierlach, Marina Rebeka and Veronica Simeoni. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, will be conducted by the theatre’s principal conductor, Michele Mariotti.

Seeing the length of the opera (five hours), before the performance audiences may book, at the special cash desk, a basket of refreshments to consume during one of the intervals of the opera in the catering area.