Retrossini’s “Guillaume Tell”
by Melissa Wimbish
Caramoor International Opera Festival’s presentation of Guillaume Tell runs once more this Friday. In his review, Steve Smith ponders: “Why is this opera, admired by Berlioz and Wagner, and a crucial resource to Verdi, Meyerbeer and many others, so seldom heard?”
Answer: It’s very long. With a four hour running time, this opera is just about two hours longer than a comfortable tanning session at the beach. Don’t let that stop you, though! At least, that seems to be the opinion of Mr. Smith as he accounts the glorious singing and orchestral contributions. Of special note was soprano Julianna Di Giacomo as Mathilde.