Leoncavallo, Ruggero (opera) [Ruggiero]
- Michele Girardi
(b Naples, April 23, 1857; d Montecatini, Aug 9, 1919). Italian composer and librettist. The son of a well-to-do family in Naples – his father, Vincenzo, was a magistrate – he began his musical studies at the Conservatory in 1866. There he studied the piano with Beniamino Cesi and composition with Lauro Rossi, one of the best known opera composers of the day in the French tradition. He also studied composition under Serao until ...