Ruggiero Leoncavallo (Composer)
Born: 23rd April 1857, Naples, Italy
Died: 9th August 1919, Montecatini Terme, Italy
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.