Rossini's 'The Thieving Magpie' From the Rossini Opera Festival

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rossini's 'The Thieving Magpie' from the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival in Italy. Rossini's 'The Thieving Magpie' from the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival in Italy. (Amati-Bacciardi/Rossini Opera Festival)
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Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" ("La Gazza Ladra") features one of his most popular and ingenious overtures, yet the opera itself is rarely heard.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Thieving Magpie" from the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, the composer's hometown. The stars are soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor René Barbera, in a production led by conductor Donato Renzetti.

Cast:

Ninetta: Nino Machaidze (soprano)
Giannetto: René Barbera (tenor)
Fernando: Alex Esposito (bass-baritone)
Fabrizio: Simone Alberghini (bass-baritone)
Pippo: Lena Belkina (mezzo-soprano)
Lucia: Tersa Lervolino (mezzo-soprano)
Gottardo, the Mayor: Marko Mimica (bass)
Isacco: Matteo Macchioni (tenor)
Antonio: Alessandro Luciano (tenor)
Giorgio: Riccardo Fioratti (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna
Donato Renzetti, conductor

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