More Than Just a Pretty Overture: Rossini's 'William Tell'


THE HIT SINGLE: "Sois Immobile"

Rossini's opera may be best known for the bombast of its overture, but it's also home to some of his finest lyrical writing.  One example is the moving Act Three aria "Be Still," sung by William Tell (baritone Nicola Alaimo) just before the famous scene in whichTell shoots the apple from his son Jemmy's head.  

THE B SIDE:  "Asil héréditaire"

Another lyric gem is heard in Act Four, after Tell's arrest.  Arnold (tenor John Osborn) realizing that it's now up to him to lead the rebellion, sings an emotional aria in memory of his father Melcthal, who died in the cause of Swiss liberation.