The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra)
Music: Gioacchino Rossini. Libretto: Giovanni Gherardini
La Scala, Milan
31st May 1817 (first performance)
King's Theatre, Haymarket
10th March 1821 (first performance in England)
Sadler's Wells Theatre
English libretto: Tom Hammond.
Saturday 19th February 1966.
7th performance by the Sadler's Wells Opera
Conductor: Bryan Balkwill. Producer: Anthony Besch.
Choreographer: RObert Blake. Designer: Peter Rice.
Lighting: Charles Bristow.
|Pippo: A young peasant in the service of Fabrizio||Patricia Kern|
|Lucia: Wife of Fabrizio||Ann Robson|
|Fabrizio Vingradito: A rich farmer||Denis Dowling|
|Ninetta: A servant in Fabrizio's farmhouse||Catherine Wilson|
|Isaac: A wandering pedlar||John Fryatt|
|Giannetto: A young soldier, Fabrizio's son||Donald Pilley|
|Fernando Villabella: A soldier, Ninetta's father||Don Garrard|
|Gottardo: The Mayor||Neil Warren Smith (last minute replacement for Harold Blackman)|
|Giorgio: Servant to the Mayor||John Kitchiner|
|Antonio: The Gaoler||John Chorley|
|The Judge||Graham Nicholls|
|Gregorio: Clerk to the court||Douglas Stark|
|Ernesto: A soldier, friend of Fernando||Peter Tracey|
|The Magpie's voice||Jean Manning|
|Children in Act One||The Beaufoy School, Lambeth and Mary Datchelor Girls' School, Camberwell|
Orchestra, Chorus and Opera Ballet lists can be found on the Sadler's Wells Opera page
History of the opera from Tom Hammond's programme notes in the Sadler's Wells 1966 programme