One of the most celebrated comicopera composers of the Eighteenth Century. Born in Naples, where he studied under Durante at the Conservatorio di Loreto. In 1738 he collaborated with Leo and others in the production of Demetrio. The same year he produced his first comic opera, L'inganno per inganno. The Neapolitans called him "II Dio dell' Opera Buffa" (the god of the comic opera). About 1747 he went to Palermo to teach counterpoint at the Conservatorio dei Figliuoli Dispersi. Among his compositions are at least one serious opera, Giunio Bruto, and some rather uninteresting church-music. Very few of his works are now in existence, and he is but little known out of his own country.