The Audience reacts to William Tell

Friday, 11 November, 2022
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Critic and audience reactions to Rossini's William Tell.

Rossini's William Tell runs from 8-13 November at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

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“Irish National Opera's Chorus, under chorus director Elaine Kelly, steal the show, their finale one of several moments bordering on breathtaking. Director Chavaz, in a moment of genius, capturing the chorus breathing as one with the singer. One of many Chavaz moments.” - Chris O'Rourke - The Arts Review ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the full review from The Arts Review here.

“... what marks this outstanding production out are the sympathetic design elements and choreography, which give the eyes almost as much to savour as the ears.” - Alan O'Riordan - Irish Examiner ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the full review from The Irish Examiner here.

“INO’s assembled cast and artistic team generate that Goldilocks outcome by animating the very particular vision of Julien Chavaz, the production’s director. He accentuates rather than masks the story’s mythical nature … Chavaz’s sets, designed by Jamie Vartan, are highly effective but minimalist, almost propless, so that your focus goes consistently to the kaleidoscope of human activity on stage.” - Michael Dungan - The Irish Times ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the full review from The Irish Times here.

“Brett Polegato made for a memorable Tell, his unctuous, rich baritone voice a pleasure to hear. His one aria “Sois immobile” was sung with great depth of feeling, while he brought great nobility to the role overall.” - Andrew Larkin - Bachtrack ★ ★ ★ ★
“Soprano Máire Flavin’s Mathilde was convincing from the start. Her burgeoning love for Arnold was perfectly captured while her aria of “Sombre forêt” was sung with deep emotion.” - Andrew Larkin - Bachtrack ★ ★ ★ ★
“Amy Ní Fhearraigh as Jemmy, Tell's son, was quite the show-stealer both in her acting and her vocal agility.” - Andrew Larkin - Bachtrack ★ ★ ★ ★
“David Ireland’s warm bass-baritone voice made for a very satisfying Gesler.” - Andrew Larkin - Bachtrack ★ ★ ★ ★

Read the full review from Backtrack here.

“... the real star of the show was undoubtedly the chorus which was about as good as I’ve ever heard in an INO production … perhaps the greatest strength of Chavaz’s production was that it seemed to reveal the real secret of William Tell, which is that if there is a hero in this opera it is not Tell himself but his legion of Swiss peasants.” - Adrian Smith - Journal of Music

Read the full review from Journal of Music here.