Tenor Bryan Hymel sings shining high Cs in the Rossini aria "Asile héréditaire." Dario Acosta/Warner Classics hide caption

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Conductor Antonio Pappano, who leads this 'William Tell.' Musacchio & Ianniello/BBC Proms hide caption

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More Than Just A Pretty Overture: Rossini's 'William Tell' WDAV-FM

It's not just "Hi-ho, Silver!" — there are four whole acts, not to mention that apple and bow.

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The triumph of Italy: Rossini's 'L'Italiana In Algeri' at the Opéra de Lausanne Marc Vanappelghem/Opéra de Lausanne hide caption

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Rossini's operatic version of Shakespeare's Othello came long before Verdi's, and is now rarely performed. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Saverio Mercadante's rarely performed opera Virginia from Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. Clive Barda/Courtesy of Wexford Festival Opera hide caption

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