(b Rome, 5 April 1799; d Naples, 28 March 1877). Italian composer. His father was also a composer and, after some resistance, became his teacher. Fioravanti's first opera was written in 1819 and for the next 35 years he produced a steady stream of opere buffe, almost all for the Neapolitan market. Though rarely staged in the most prestigious theatres, his operas were remarkably popular, perhaps especially in the 1840s, when his Il ritorno di Pulcinella dagli studi di Padova (1837) rivalled even early Verdi in the extent of its dissemination in the Italian peninsula. He served for some years as maestro di cappella of the cathedral in Lanciano, and wrote sacred as well as secular music.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.