- Leoncavallo has written "Pagliacci" based on a criminal case that his father had tried. A story of traveling group of clowns in Italy during the late 1800s. This opera is well known for the Aria "Vesti la giubba" that Canio the clown sings while sobbing. This opera was first performed in Milan on May 21, 1892. SIZE: 2 1/4" x 2"