(b Matera, bapt. 11 Feb. 1708; d Paris, 11 June 1775). Italian composer. His career began in Rome with Nerone (1735), and he had operas performed in Milan, Florence, London, and other centres. He was appointed maestro di cappella in Parma towards the end of the 1740s and collaborated with Goldoni on La buona figliuola (1756). In 1757 he moved to Paris to produce Le Peintre amoureux de son modèle, and in 1761 he became music director of the Comédie-Italienne. He was the first major composer of opéra comique, his Italianate music delighting the public; his collaborations with Louis Anseaume, C.-S. Favart, and M.-J. Sedaine became staple repertory for over 30 years in spite of the rival talents of Philidor, Monsigny, and Grétry.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.