How Did Leoncavallo Get the Idea for the Opera Pagliacci About a Clown?

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857 – 1919) is the composer and librettist of the opera about a group of clowns – Pagliacci. The opera premiered in Milan in 1892.

Leoncavallo’s first name is often misspelled as Ruggiero.

How did Leoncavallo develop the plot idea for the opera Pagliacci? This is a question that has evoked much discussion and controversy. Click to find out more about this controversy.

Click to view an opera video of the opening scene in Pagliacci by Leoncavallo performed at the Lviv Opera House on April 17, 2010 and conducted by Myron Yusypovych.

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