Italian dramatic composer; born in Venice, where he received his musical education under Ferdinando Bertoni. His first success was Mastino della Scala, produced in 1785, which brought him many commissions from various cities of Italy. Dragonetti persuaded him to go to London, and while there he wrote The Triumph of Love, which was played at Drury Lane in 1797. In 1806 he became maestro di cappella of Italian Opera in Amsterdam, and from there he went to Lisbon in the same capacity, then to Italy in 1818, but returned to Lisbon about 1821 and conducted opera until about 1823, after which we hear no more of him. He wrote the oratorios, Maccabaeus, and The Deluge; the opera buffa, Quanti casi in un sol giorno, ossia Gli assassini, usually considered his masterpiece; The Triumph of Love; Teresa vedova; Ifigenia in Aulide; Le cognate in contesa; L' astuzie di Fichetto; La foresta di Nicolor; Tutto per inganno; II principe della nuova China; La clemenza d'entraguez and many other operas.