Theatreland Memorabilia

Did you know...

This was the 21st opera composed by Rossini

It was performed 27 times during its first season at La Scala

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.

CharacterPlayed By
Pippo: A young peasant in the service of FabrizioPatricia Kern
Lucia: Wife of FabrizioAnn Robson
Fabrizio Vingradito: A rich farmerDenis Dowling
Ninetta: A servant in Fabrizio's farmhouseCatherine Wilson
Isaac: A wandering pedlarJohn Fryatt
Giannetto: A young soldier, Fabrizio's sonDonald Pilley
Fernando Villabella: A soldier, Ninetta's fatherDon Garrard
Gottardo: The MayorNeil Warren Smith (last minute replacement for Harold Blackman)
Giorgio: Servant to the MayorJohn Kitchiner
Antonio: The GaolerJohn Chorley
The JudgeGraham Nicholls
Gregorio: Clerk to the courtDouglas Stark
Ernesto: A soldier, friend of FernandoPeter Tracey
The Magpie's voiceJean Manning
Children in Act OneThe 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