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La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier
© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
Photo of the entrance to Halls F and G in the MuseumsQuartier

Opera semiseria in two ages
libretto by Giovanni Gheradini
in Italian with surtitles

Premiere: November 16, 2022

ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Musical direction: Antonio Fogliani
Production: Tobias Kratzer


A feathered thief, a servant wrongly sentenced to death and a corrupt, power-hungry politician: those are the protagonists of Rossini’s semi-serious opera whose overture, with its drum rolls and oboe solo, is one of the best-known pieces in the history of music. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is set in a time of great social upheaval. When Ninetta is accused of stealing a silver spoon, a series of unfortunate events begins that initially makes the happy ending expected from an opera semiseria seem highly unlikely. What sort of world is it where a person can be executed for the alleged theft of a spoon? Tobias Kratzer, successful as a director throughout Europe, now debuts in Vienna with Rossini’s opera that received its first performance in 1817 and traces the uncertainty felt by people in a politically and socially destabilised world.

Venue

Theater an der Wien - MuseumsQuartier Halle E

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Current Dates

  • Wed. 16 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 18 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 23 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Nov 2022, 7 p.m.