The Thieving Magpie
Gioachino Rossini


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A fall of eight places for Rossini's famously cheeky magpie

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.'