Afternoon at the Opera

The Thieving Magpie

From the Glimmerglass Festival website

Although Rossini’s 1817 opera The Thieving Magpie is rarely performed today, The Glimmerglass Festival brings this colorful world to life on the Mainstage this season. A series of miscommunications and unfortunate coincidences provide the conflict. The beautiful servant girl Ninetta is engaged to her employer’s son, the recently returned war hero Giannetto. When Ninetta’s future mother-in-law discovers her precious silverware is missing, all signs point to the young servant. The conniving mayor, whose sexual advances Ninetta rejected, is all too happy to arrest her. Throughout her unjust imprisonment, our heroine remains filled with hope for a better tomorrow, even with the threat of execution hanging over her at all times.