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Ph. Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 12 April to 7 May 2017
Gioachino Rossini

On the 200th anniversary of the Premiere - Teatro alla Scala 1817

Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
New Teatro alla Scala Production

Running Time: 03 hours 40 minutes intermission included


FIRST ACT: 97 minutes / Intermission: 25 minutes / SECOND ACT: 87 minutes


The Premiere of The Thieving Magpie is dedicated to the memory of Alberto Zedda

Conductor  Riccardo Chailly
Staging  Gabriele Salvatores
Sets and costumes Gian Maurizio Fercioni 
Lights Marco Filibeck
Choreographic movements Emanuela Tagliavia
Marionettes, costumes and animation by Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli



Rosa Feola

Pippo Serena Malfi
Lucia  Teresa Iervolino
Fabrizio Vingradito Paolo Bordogna
Giannetto Edgardo Rocha
Fernando Villabella Alex Esposito
Gottardo Michele Pertusi
Ernesto Giovanni Romeo
Giorgio/The magistrate Claudio Levantino
Antonio Matteo Mezzaro
Isacco Matteo Macchioni
Magpie Francesca Alberti

The Thieving Magpie will be live broadcast on RAI-Radio3 on 12 April, on TV RAI 5 and at the cinema on 18 April (all-opera.com circuit).



“The success was so enormous, the opera aroused such furore that at every moment the audiences stood up en masse to cover Rossini in acclaim.” Stendhal, a spectator at the Premiere at La Scala in 1817, described how “Rossini grew tired of bowing before the audience tired of applauding.” Two hundred years later, the eminent expert on Rossini Riccardo Chailly brings this celebrated tragicomic opera back to the stage where it was first performed. A masterpiece of grace and brilliance, it is also adept at describing the excesses of power without beating about the bush. Making his debut at La Scala for the occasion is Gabriele Salvatores: the director, co-founder of the Teatro dell’Elfo and Oscar winner in 1991 for “Mediterraneo” returns to the theatre to relate the story of the servant Ninetta, who is wrongly accused of theft. The cast brings together the cream of the new generation of Rossinian bel canto: with Rosa Feola debuting, we will hear the tenor Edgardo Rocha, basses Alex Esposito and Paolo Bordogna, as well as Teresa Iervolino and the expert canto of Michele Pertusi.


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