1857 - 1919
Ruggero Leoncavallo short biography
A great Italian Romantic opera composer, Ruggero Leoncavallo had his music education in Naples and studied literature in Bologna. Leoncavallo’s first opera, I Medici was a resounding failure, and defiant Leoncavallo wrote both the poem and music of Pagliacci. The enormous success of this work made Leoncavallo a celebrity. This opera written in a skillful verismo style has become one of the most popular operas of all time.
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