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(1857 - 1919)

Neapolitan by birth, Leoncavallo studied music in Naples and literature at Bologna, and seemed about to make a career as a librettist. His operatic ambitions found their only really successful result in Pagliacci, for which he wrote both words and music.


Pagliacci, a story of love and jealousy in a troupe of commedia dell’arte actors, has achieved a permanent place in operatic repertoire; it is often coupled with Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. Leoncavallo’s first opera, Chatterton, won no favour, while his version of La Bohème was soon eclipsed by that of Puccini.

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25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Opera Naxos 8.501054
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