(b Naples, 1752; d Torre del Greco, 1837).
It. composer and violinist. Held court posts in Naples, then went to Milan, writing operas for La Scala from 1785. Haydn produced 2 of his operas at Eszterháza. In Paris 1790. Choirmaster Milan Cath. 1792, Loreto 1794, St Peter's, Rome, 1804–11. Dir., Naples RCM from 1813, choirmaster Naples Cath. 1816. Prolific composer, writing over 30 operas up to 1811 when he concentrated on church mus. Best‐known opera Giulietta e Romeo, 1796, a favourite with Malibran.