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Leonardo Vinci

Leonardo Vinci (Strongoli, 1690 - Naples, 27 May 1730) was an Italian composer, one of the greatest exponents of the Neapolitan opera school. He studied with Gaetano Greco at the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo, where he had entered on November 14, 1708. In 1729 he was appointed choirmaster at Paolo di Sangro, prince of Sansevero, and was able to give lessons to his nephew Raimondo. . In this period he composed his first works, in Neapolitan, which obtained a good result: Lo cecato fauzo (represented in Naples at the Florentine theater) and Le ddoje lettere. The good start meant that Vinci became one of the most sought-after composers in the same theater, for which he wrote at least eight comedies also marking the affirmation, together with Leonardo Leo, of this kind of music in the Neapolitan scene. A notable success obtained it with the opera Li zite 'n galera written in 1722 and represented at the theater of San Bartolomeo. Subsequently he composed other works represented at the new theater (La mogliera loyal, his last comedy, and La festa di Bacco) and began to devote himself to the serious genre with Publius Cornelius Scipio.