Fabrizio Vingradito: Trevor Anthony
Lucia: Elizabeth Bainbridge
Giannetto: Nicola Monti
Ninetta: Mariella Adani
Fernando Villabella: Paolo Pedani
Gottardo: Giorgio Tadeo
Pippo: Janet Baker
Isacco: Griffith Lewis
Antonio: Julian Moyle
Gregorio: Dennis Wicks
|Set Design||Osbert Lancaster
|Costume Design||Osbert Lancaster
|Wexford Chorus Coach||Mrs C Hore
|Assistant Chorus Coach||Nora O'Leary
La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is a melodrama or opera semiseria in two acts based on La pie voleuse by Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez.
The opera is mainly known for its overture, which features the use of snare drums. The story revolves around Ninetta, a servant girl who is falsely accused of stealing a silver spoon from her employer, Fabrizio. She is sentenced to death, but the real thief is revealed to be a magpie who has been stealing shiny objects.
Ninetta is saved at the last moment and reunited with her lover, Giannetto, Fabrizio's son.