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Price: $900.00

Superb two bar musical quotation on a 4” x 5” album leaf by the Italian composer from his greatest aria “Vesti la Giubba” in his greatest opera, “I Pagliacci”, London, October 10, 1911. There is a partial autographed inscription by American born Papal raised Countess Spottiswood(e) Mackin on the verso, 1911. We offer with a sepia period postcard of a painting of the composer.

Leoncavallo’s (1857-1919) opera “I Pagliacci” was premiered in Milan in 1892 and London in 1893.  The opera has been part of the Italian opera repertory world-wide since that time.  Canio’s aria, “Vesti la Giubba” with the tenor fortissimo “Ridi Pagliaccio” in Act II is arguably the most famous moment in all of opera!  

Leoncavallo was in London to plan and sign the contracts for the premiere of his newly commissioned opera of the time, “Zingari” (From Pushkin’s novel “The Gypsies.).  The opera had its’ World Premiere on September 16, 1912 under the composer’s baton at the Hippodrome in London. The opera was a massive success in London at the time, running through the 1913 season. The opera then took off in Europe. Leoncavallo came to New York in October, 1913, though the opera was not performed there.  The opera ran in America at the Tivoli Opera in San Francisco under the composer’s baton in November and then Chicago Opera under Leoncavallo’s baton for two performances in December, 1913.  He also conducted “I Pagliacci” whilst on the tour. Interestingly, despite his fame, he was not picked up by the Metropolitan Opera for any performances of the work.

A perfect pair for display!

RUGGIERO LEONCAVALLO - COMPOSER

FINE CONDITION