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Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Ruggero (or Ruggiero) Leoncavallo (UK: LAY-on-kav-AL-oh, US: LAY-ohn-kə-VAH-loh, -⁠kah-, Italian: [rudˈdʒɛːro leˌoŋkaˈvallo]; 23 April 1857 – 9 August 1919) 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 23, 1857 (Naples), Died August 9, 1919 (Montecatini Terme)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, session supervisor, lyricist, piano

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Recordings (Results 401-402 of 402 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia (U.K.) WL3067 10-in. approximately May 8 through 14, 1931 Avec moi, vrai, tenter ce jeu Eugène Bigot ; Georges Thill Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4628 10-in. 1/5/1934 Pauvre Paillasse Eugène Bigot ; Rene Talba Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 401-402 of 402 records)


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