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La Gazza Ladra is an "opera semiseria" which developed from the middle of the eighteenth century with the vogue for "Larmoyant" tales. By Rossini's time this genre was classified into a rigidly defined series of conventions: a drama with a happy ending, in which the innocent victim, unjustly condemned, should be saved from the scaffold at the eleventh hour and the rascal persecutor punished. The social setting of these operas always delt with a conflict between a feudal aristocracy ( that in La Gazza Ladra is replaced by arrogant welders of power ) and a world of humble people , nearly always peasants. - Known as 'The Thieving Magpie' in English, La Gazza Ladra deals with a servant girl accused of stealing some silverware with which the magpie of the title has actually absconded for its nest. Seemingly lightweight, the opera was rooted in a true story in which a young woman was actually put to death for the bird's "crime". - The overture neatly melds episodic colour with the weightier drama of symphonic sonata form. It features a parade of effects and lovely themes, including an especially famous one introduced by an oboe, that anticipates the characters and action to come, and then, following a spectacular crescendo, reworks several of these themes in a mini-development section.
Conductor: Lu? Jia
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Fabrizio - Paolo Bordogna
Lucia - Kleopatra Papatheologou
Giannetto - Dmitry Korchak
Ninetta - Mariola Cantarero
Fernando - Alex Esposito
Gottardo, il Podesta? - Michele Pertusi
Pippo - Manuela Custer
Isacco - Stefan Cifolelli
Prague Chamber Choir
Orchestra Haydn di Bozano e Trento
Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, 2007
Region: All Region
Sound Format: LPCM 2.0; Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS HD 5.1; Picture Format: 16/9
Length: 201 mins.
Sung in Italian
Subtitled in Italian, English, German, French & Spanish.