(b Bologna, 1756; d Bologna, 1812).
It composer, teacher, and conductor. Début as ten. in Parma 1775. Joined opera co. in Prague 1776, composing Il Convitato di Pietra (Don Giovanni) for it (Haydn later cond. it at Eszterháza.) Dir., It. Opera in Vienna from 1780. In much demand as singing teacher. Kapellmeister, Mainz electoral court 1787–93. Comp. oratorio Der Tod Jesu at this time, also highly praised Missa Solemnis (1790), the latter perf. at Coronation of Leopold II in Frankfurt. Court cond. and dir. of It. Opera, Berlin, 1793–1806. His operas incl. a setting of Goldoni's La Vedova Scaltra (1778), later set by Wolf‐Ferrari (1931). Beethoven comp. 24 vars. for pf. on Righini's arietta Venni amore in 1790–1 (WoO 65).