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Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1859-1919)

18 Jul 1899

RCIN 2907549

Queen Victoria had always enjoyed Italian opera, and she was a great admirer of the music of Ruggiero Leoncavallo. She met him on two occasions in 1899, while she was on a visit to Nice. Leoncavallo was to have conducted his music at an opera concert in the Waterloo Gallery at Windsor Castle on 4 July 1899, but he was ill and unable to do so. Nevertheless, Pagliacci was performed, conducted by Mancinelli, and the Queen considered it 'eminently dramatic & very tragic & full of passion'.

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