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Ruggiero Leoncavallo (Composer)

Born: 23rd April 1857, Naples, Italy

Died: 9th August 1919, Montecatini Terme, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Ruggero (or Ruggiero) Leoncavallo was an Italian opera composer and librettist. Although he produced numerous operas and other songs throughout his career it is his opera Pagliacci (1892) that remained his lasting contribution, despite attempts to escape the shadow of his greatest success.

Today he remains largely known for Pagliacci, one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the opera repertory. His other compositions include the song "Mattinata", popularized by Enrico Caruso, and the symphonic poem La Nuit de mai.

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Carlo Rizzi conducts a scintillating account of the Pushkin-inspired one-act opera from 1912, starring Krassimira Stoyanova and Arsen Soghomonyan.

Interview, Ermonela Jaho on Leoncavallo's Zazà

Katherine talks to the Albanian soprano about singing the title-role on Opera Rara's forthcoming recording of a little-known verismo gem.

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