Guillaume Tell

Romantic opera from 1829

Étienne de Jouy
Hippolyte Bis


Guillaume Tell (English: William Tell, Italian: Guglielmo Tell) is an opera in four acts by Gioachino Rossini to a French libretto by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis. Based on Friedrich Schiller's play William Tell, which drew on the William Tell legend, the opera was Rossini's last, although he lived for nearly forty more years. Fabio Luisi said that Rossini planned for William Tell to be his last opera even as he composed it. The overture, in four sections and featuring a depiction of a storm as well as a vivacious finale, the "March of the Swiss Soldiers," is often played.

Charles Malherbe, archivist at the Paris Opéra, discovered the original orchestral score of the opera at a secondhand book seller's shop, resulting in its being acquired by the Paris Conservatoire.

Year 1829
Opening Night 1829
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Opera chorus, Soli


Guillame Tell: Overture to the Opera
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2011
Rossini, et al.
Finale from William Tell Overture
Cimarron Music Press 1829
Kaucher, et al.
Overture "William Tell"
Novello & Company 1829
Rossini, et al.
Sombre forêt
A-R Editions, Inc. 1829
Caswell, et al.


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