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Ruggiero Leoncavallo
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    (March 8, 1858-August 9, 1919)
    Wrote ‘Pagliacci (1892)’ and ‘La Bohème (1897)’
    Wrote in the ‘verismo’ style
    He was a one-hit wonder.
    Although he wrote 20 operas and operettas, ‘Pagliacci’ is the only one still performed today.
    He said that ‘Pagliacci’ was based on a true story, but it was a lie.
    He and Giacomo Puccini both wrote ‘La Bohème’ operas, but it was Puccini’s version that became famous.
    He was as fat as a hippo.
    He wrote his own librettos.
    Richard Wagner liked him and encouraged him to write more music.
    He once had to flee Egypt on horseback when the British invaded.
    He liked to go to his own operas in disguise and ask audience members what they thought.
    Music critics consider him an under appreciated talent.
    ‘Pagliacci’ is still enormously popular.
    It contains one of the most famous tenor arias of all time (it’s the one where the clown cries).

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