Ruggero Leoncavallo

Biography

Born: 1857   Died: 1919   Country: Italy   Period: Romantic
Ruggero Leoncavallo is remembered almost exclusively for his opera I Pagliacci, which -- along with Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana -- has become the hallmark of the late nineteenth century verismo style. Leoncavallo studied composition at the Naples conservatory and literature at Bologna University; this dual passion for music and poetry would lead the young composer to seek a unity between the two disciplines in the manner of Richard Wagner, Read more whose music would come as a revelation.

His first operatic efforts were thwarted by ill fortune: a production of his student work, Chatterton, fell through after the impresario made off with the money Leoncavallo himself had furnished to cover the costs. However, after several years of scraping by as a café pianist, he was introduced to the influential publisher Giulio Ricordi, who bought the rights to Chatterton and engaged Leoncavallo as a librettist. While this signified a temporary improvement in the young man's circumstances, the creative alliance between Leoncavallo and Ricordi proved frustrating. Ricordi declined his next opera, I Medici, and his attempts at a libretto for Puccini's Manon Lescaut led to irreconcilable creative differences.

These combined misfortunes instilled in Leoncavallo a singular desire for operatic success, which he channeled into his masterpiece, I Pagliacci. Modeled on Mascagni's Cavalleria, Pagliacci was an instant sensation at its premier in 1892. From that point onward, Leoncavallo enjoyed fame and wealth, although the success of this work was never to be repeated.

In 1897 Leoncavallo produced a setting of La Bohème that was meant to rival that of Puccini, but, although it pleased the public somewhat, Puccini's finer and more sophisticated work quickly outstripped Leoncavallo's in popularity. Subsequent re-workings of Chatterton and I Medici proved to be dismal failures in Italy, but I Medici sufficiently impressed the Kaiser of Germany to gain a commission for a new work, Der Roland von Berlin (1904), which enjoyed modest success in Berlin. However, Leoncavallo never again gained his footing in Italy, where his works formed a succession of spectacular failures and tepid successes.

The advent of recording technology was fortuitous for Leoncavallo, who conducted I Pagliacci in the first complete recording of an Italian opera. He also accompanied Enrico Caruso in a recorded performance of the song, "Mattinata," which has become his most popular work after Pagliacci. Read less
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Royal Opera House [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: OA BD7200D   Number of Discs: 2
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Opera In English - Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Parry, Et Al
Release Date: 09/15/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 3003   Number of Discs: 1
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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Slatkin, Domingo, Lanza, Villarroel
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4707   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Mattinata

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    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875183631 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518364 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518363 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Vojago / Vulkan Quartet
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 14049 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Aldo Franchetti,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vulkan Quartett
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  • 5.
    Label: Notable, Inc.   Catalog: 23912 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Stanislas Gastaldon,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Esposito,  Mayssa Karaa,  Renato Serio,  Ettore Gatta
    Conductor:  Renato Serio
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  • 6.
    Label: Notable, Inc.   Catalog: 23911 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Gatta,  Mayssa Karaa,  Pasquale Esposito,  Renato Serio
    Conductor:  Renato Serio
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  • 7.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Domingo: The 50 Greatest Tracks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002412702 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Hans Sotin,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Mario Lanza Collection
    Label: Acrobat Records   Catalog: 7091 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emanuele Nutile,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Bronislaw Kaper  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
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    Italia / Juan Diego Florez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002375802 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Stefano Donaudy  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez,  Avi Avital,  Ksenija Sidorova,  Massimo Jean Gambini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Tenan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gioachino Rossini Philharmonic
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  • 11.
    My Italian Soul
    Label: Sepia   Catalog: 1286 Release Date: 08/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emanuele Nutile,  Enrico Toselli,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Jakob Gimpel,  Dominic Frontiere
    Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos,  Carlo Savina,  Franco Ferrara,  Paul Baron  ... 
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  • 12.
    Stars Der Oper
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti,  Bruno Reibold,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
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  • 13.
    Angela Gheorghiu: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131302 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Alfredo Catalani,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Daniela Vendemiati,  Giuseppe Crott,  Malcolm Martineau
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
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  • 14.
    Most Wanted Recitals! Giuseppe Valdengo - Italian Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109702 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Augusto Rotoli,  Luigi Denza,  Renato Brogi  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Valdengo
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
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    Il Mito Dell'opera - Giuseppe Vendittelli, Vol. 2
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1231 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Umberto Giordano,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Vendittelli,  Enrica Guarrini,  Magda Olivero,  Bianca Berini
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  • 16.
    Mes Plaisirs... La Suite / Marc Hervieux
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22694 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Brel,  Claude Francois,  Gilles Vigneault,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Marc Hervieux
    Conductor:  Stéphane Laforest
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  • 17.
    The 50 Greatest Tracks / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Renato Bruson,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Richard Bonynge,  Edward Downes  ... 
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    Amore / Joseph Calleja
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001921802 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Consuelo Velazquez,  Francesco Sartori,  Lucio Dalla  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Calleja,  Ksenija Sidorova,  Nicola Benedetti,  Charles Mutter
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Jussi Björling - Classic Arias & Duets Of Bizet, Puccini, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Jussi Björling,  Emil Markow,  Harry Ebert
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Nils Grevillius
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  • 20.
    Forever Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001784502 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Lara,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Peeters,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1224 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Martinucci,  Virginia Zeani
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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Jussi Bjorling
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6789972 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Paul Franke  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Renato Cellini
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  • 23.
    Caruso In Song
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61640 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Fermin Maria Alvarez,  Traditional,  George M. Cohan  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Francis Lapitino,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Italian & Neapolitan Songs / Chaiter, Zelickson
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7285 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Salvatore Cardillo,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Yoram Chaiter,  Irena Zelikson-Litchen
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  • 25.
    Arrivederci / Vittorio Grigolo [Deluxe]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 791135 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Vittorio Grigolo
    Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra
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