Musician Italian, born in Catania (Sicily) and belonging to a family of musicians. He started writing early and entered the Conservatory of Naples, in 1819, with the help of the Earl of S. Martino. His first opera, Adelson e Salvini, was represented for the first time at the Conservatory just finishing their studies. A year later he premiered at the teatro S. Carlo de Nápoles Bianca e Fernando. He subsequently moved to Milan, where together with the librettist Felice Romani wrote for the Scala Il Pirata (1827) and La Straniera (1829). Collaboration with Roma continued in Zaira (1829) and I Capuletti e i Montecchi (1830), premiered in Venice and Parma respectively. In 1831 his two masterpieces La Sonnambula and Norma came up to the stage of Milan. The rupture with Roma came with the failure of Beatrice di Tenda, staged in Venice in 1833. This past year he settled in Paris, where an opera was commissioned for the Italian theatre, and met Heine, Rossini, Cherubini, Liszt and Chopin. In addition to operas, his work consists of six symphonies, a Concerto for oboe, songs and arietas with accompaniment for Orchestra or piano, and several religious productions, created mostly in Catania and during his studies in Naples. In his work, intended for scenarios, do not include both expertise and technique and the quality of the melody and the dramatic expression of the text search.