The Thieving Magpie
Gioachino Rossini

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The second of Rossini's 3 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in every Hall of Fame chart, peaking at number 98 in 1999.

Rossini's 1817 opera The Thieving Magpie was allegedly the quickest stage work Rossini had ever produced. He was already legendary for the speed at which he could write an opera, once saying, 'Give me a laundry list, and I will set it to music.'