Leonardo Vinci (born 1690 in Strongoli, Kingdom of Naples [Italy]—died May 27, 1730, in Naples) was an Italian composer who was one of the founders of the Neapolitan style of opera, alongside Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Lo cecato fauzo (1719; "The False Blind Man") was Vinci's first known work, a comic opera in Neapolitan dialect. He worked as the prince of Sansevero's chapelmaster before being appointed conductor of the royal chapel in Naples in 1725, which he held until his death. Silla dittatore (1723; "Silla the Dictator"), his first severe extant opera, launched a series of around 40 operas, most of which were written for Naples but some for Rome. Collection of Songs, a group of arias from his operas, was published in London in 1758. Vinci also composed oratorios, masses, and motets in addition to operas.
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