The role of Arnold Melcthal was played by Mexican tenor Jesús León whose high C thrilled the audience.
Jesus Leon rose to the extraordinary vocal demands as lead tenor.
Strong cast Amongst a uniformly strong cast, certain performers nevertheless stood out. Lyric baritone Brett Polegato anchored the opera with a convincing performance as Tell while tenor Jesús León as Arnold deftly negotiated the difficulties of Rossini’s most fearsome tenor role even if his French was perhaps not the most idiomatic.
If the opera is arguably about the hero, its most demanding role goes to Arnold with its stratospherically high bel canto notes and dramatic weight needed throughout. Mexican tenor Jesús León’s voice opened up nicely as the opera progressed, singing his top notes in Act 4 with great strength and (comparative) ease. He grew into his role too, the chemistry between him and Mathilde increasing over the acts.