William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. According to the legend, Tell was an expert marksman with the crossbow who assassinated Albrecht Gessler, a tyrannical ruler of the Austrian dukes of the House of Habsburg positioned in Altdorf, in the canton of Uri. Tell's defiance and tyrannicide encouraged the population to open rebellion and a pact against the foreign rulers with neighbouring Schwyz and Unterwalden, marking the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy.
Guglielmo Tell - Sherrill Milnes
Arnoldo - Luciano Pavarotti
Matilde - Mirella Freni
Gualtiero - Nicolai Ghiaurov
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly - conductor
LONDON - 1980