The Royal Opera - Guillaume Tell Reviews
4 June 2020
Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell)
Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal)
Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Chorus
John Osborn (Arnold)
Malin Byström (Mathilde)

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Guillaume Tell

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No. of reviews: 17

Royal Opera House al cinema
16 Jul 15 / Operaclick (Ita)
Una manzana y dos tetas
10 Jul 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Covent Garden’s controversial Guillaume Tell has several good points
7 Jul 15 / Seen and Heard
Guillermo Tell con escándalo
7 Jul 15 / Beckmesser
Hits the mark, despite the booing
6 Jul 15 / The Observer
Never heard before at Covent Garden - the noise of an audience booing during mid-performance
5 Jul 15 / Express
Big applauses for Finley and Osborn gave some fairness to what until then was pure lynching
3 Jul 15 / A Younger Theatre
Gerald Finley is an outstanding Tell
2 Jul 15 / Music OMH
Sex, violence and protracted booing
1 Jul 15 / The Guardian
Hero of the evening in every sense was the American tenor John Osborn
1 Jul 15 / What's on Stage
Gang rape and stripping naked of female actor met with boos
1 Jul 15 / Independent
Hitting the rocks: Damiano Michieletto's Guillaume Tell at Covent Garden
1 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
There is nothing very epic, heroic or spectacular about this Guillaume Tell
1 Jul 15 / Opera Today
Rossini’s music soars — but the production falls flat
1 Jul 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Disappointment turned to annoyance as the evening progressed
1 Jul 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Nudity and rape scene greeted with boos at Royal Opera House
30 Jun 15 / The Guardian
Musical and dramatic standards are poles apart in this new Rossini staging
30 Jun 15 / The Stage
‘Show some respect’
Plácido Domingo urges directors after opera rape row.
Guillaume Tell rape outcry is over offence to music, not women
The main complaint about the rape scene is that it doesn’t sit well with a jaunty Rossini piece. But why, then, are graphic operatic murders acceptable?
Opera rape scene toned down
Royal Opera House bows to pressure - Now it’s not such a fright at the opera.
William Tell: controversial opera rated 15 for cinemas
The Royal Opera House's production of William Tell, which was booed on its opening night because of a nude rape scene, has been given a 15 certificate for a cinema screening.
Nude rape scene booed by Royal Opera House audience
The opening night of William Tell at the Royal Opera House has been marked by boos over a rape scene with nudity.
‘Guillaume Tell’ draws criticism for Violence and nudity
The premiere of a new production, by Damiano Michieletto, was met with boos from the audience at the Royal Opera House in London.
First-night booing at the opera is far from exceptional
Many productions feature shocking and controversial scenes, but the Royal Opera’s Guillaume Tell clearly crossed a line.
I have a story to Tell
Working on a new Covent Garden production of rarley staged opera William Tell, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control.
Production details
Finley, Shkosa, Fomina, Byström, Osborn, Halfvarson, Courjal, Vinogradov, Scala/Kim, Johnson, Colvin
(c) Pappano (d) Michieletto
Performance dates
29 June, 2, 5(m), 8, 10, 14, 17 July 2015
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