The Thieving Magpie

July 16 - August 25, 2016

Everyone seems to be in love with Ninetta, but when she takes the blame for a theft perpetrated by a bird, her life is turned upside down. This rarely heard comic opera boasts a dazzling score and sensational situations.

“Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie has all the hallmarks of a typical rescue opera – a heroine in distress, unjustly accused of a crime she did not commit; a dastardly and powerful lecher who offers freedom in return for her acquiescence; true love apparently thwarted; and a last-minute, photo-finish rescue. The fact that salvation comes in this case from a magpie (that occasionally talks) makes this all the more breathtaking…will Ninetta survive or won’t she? The deus ex machina from the animal kingdom adds just the right touch of spice and humor to this darkly thrilling tale.  Add in Rossini’s spectacular vocal writing, gorgeous melodies and one of the most famous overtures ever, and this is sure to be an exciting performance.” -- Peter Kazaras, director

Presented in Italian with projected English text.

This production is generously sponsored by Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard.


saturday 16
monday 25m
friday 29

m = matinee


sunday 07m
friday 12
tuesday 16m
saturday 20
thursday 25


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This opera will be broadcast on November 5 on New York City’s classical music station 105.9 WQXR, at, and distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network, at


Conductor Joseph Colaneri
Director Peter Kazaras
Choreographer Meg Gillentine
Sets and Costumes Myung Hee Cho
Mark McCullough
Hair & Makeup J. Jared Janas & Dave Bova
Projected Titles Kelley Rourke

Ninetta Rachele Gilmore
Gottardo Musa Ngqungwana
Fernando Villabella Dale Travis
Giannetto Michele Angelini
Pippo Allegra De Vita*
Isacco/Antonio Brad Raymond*
Lucia Leah Hawkins*
Fabrizio Vingradito Calvin Griffin*
The Magpie Meg Gillentine

*Young Artist