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SI Music Festival to feature Rossini's William Tell

Rossini’s Opera William Tell in 1776

Part I: Tuesday, June 7 and Friday, June 10

Part II: Wednesday, June 8 and Saturday, June 11

June 7, 8 and 10 at 7:30pm; June 11 at 2pm
Tickets: $20 General; $8 Students of any age


image of colonial artworkThe Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11.

This opera has only been produced in the United States a handful of times in the last century, so this is an historic event. This production is set it in 1776, to coincide with Washington crossing the Delaware, on this 240th anniversary of our Independence, and also includes all the original ballet music.

Josh Shaw, Director of the Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles, directs the production, which stars two internationally recognized singers: Baritone, Wes Mason, in the title role; and William Davenport, singing one of the most demanding Tenor roles in the repertoire. Other professional lead singers come from New York to Los Angeles and points in between, along with a 30 voice chorus, 30 member ballet company, and the fabulous Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, under the musical direction of Edward Benyas.

»A PDF flyer for the event can be downloaded here.