I'm still on a Guillaume Tell kick, after having seen it last weekend at Caramoor. I do wish I could have seen the second performance for comparison, but it was not to be.
I offer you this week some prime clips of the daunting tenor aria "Asile héreditaire"
First the amazing Nicolai Gedda, from a 1973 recording:
The amazing Gregory Kunde, who deserves more space in this blog, Pesaro, 1985:
Marcello Giordani, Paris Opéra, no date given. I find this fascinating because he was clearly tired, but still has ringing high notes, especially the final "Aux armes!":
This is Chris Merritt, although the YouTube poster gives no information about soloist, orchestra, chorus, venue, or date:
Salvatore Fisichella, 1987, Zürich, in Italian: