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Gioachino Rossini

William Tell

Palais Theatre
14 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019

Witness its Australian Premiere

The legendary tale of the sharp-shooting hero on a quest for freedom makes for grand opera: a struggle for liberty against oppression and the courage that victory demands.

One hundred and eighty- nine years after its Paris Opera debut, Rossini’s final masterwork, famed for its iconic overture, receives its Australian premiere. Epic opera demands epic staging and director Rodula Gaitanou (Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park) and designer Simon Corder tackle Tell with grit and grandeur.

Hope illuminates a darkened world in this striking new production.

Listen to theWilliam Tell Overture. Skip to 9:00 for the famous finale which you might have heard in the odd TV show or movie.

"Best thing ever - The Australian"

The Australian, 16 July 2018

"★★★★ Don't miss it you will never get another chance"

The Age, 15 July 2018

Performance dates and times

Saturday 14 July 7:30pm
Tuesday 17 July 7:30pm
Thursday 19 July 7:30pm*

Running time is approximately 3 hours, plus interval.

Sung in French with English surtitles

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Tuesday 17 July
Tactile Tour Thursday 19 July

*Audio described performance

Cast & Crew

Creative team

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Rodula Gaitanou
Set and Lighting Design Simon Corder
Costume Design Esther Marie Hayes


Guillaume Tell Jean-François Lapointe
Arnold Melcthal Carlos E. Bárcenas
Walter Furst Jeremy Kleeman
Melcthal Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Jemmy Alexandra Flood
Gesler Paolo Pecchioli
Rodolphe Paul Biencourt
Ruodi Timothy Reynolds
Leuthold Jerzy Kozlowski
Mathilde Gisela Stille
Hedwige Liane Keegan


Orchestra Victoria

William Tell production gallery

Rossini's Hunger Games woo hoo!

Book Tickets

Subscription Prices

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2 Show Package 15% Discount Full Price $143 $102 $68 $29
3 Show Package 25% Discount Full Price $126 $90 $60 $26
4+ Show Package 35% Discount Full Price $109 $78 $52 $22

Single Ticket Prices - Available Monday 30 October

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Key Dates 

Subscriptions on sale - Wednesday 27 September 2017
Single Tickets on sale - Monday 30 October 2017

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“Best thing ever ★★★★★★★★”

In association with

the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne