(b Villanova Monferrato, nr Alessandria, 17 Feb 1751; d Bologna, 15 March 1835). Italian tenor and composer. He began his career as organist at Crescentino, where in 1776 he staged his own three-act opera, Didone, to a libretto by Pietro Metastasio. He came to prominence as a singer in 1780, when he first appeared in Venice in Pasquale Anfossi's Nitteti; he returned there frequently until 1800. Although he sang in Rome, Turin, Reggio nell’Emilia, Padua and Bologna during this period, his main centre of activity other than Venice was Naples, especially the Teatro S Carlo, where he first appeared in 1783 in Giuseppe Sarti's Medonte and Domenico Cimarosa's Oreste, and returned periodically until 1803.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.