1752 – He was born in Naples, Italy on the 4th day of April this year. He studied at the Santa Maria di Loreto Conservatory in Naples under Fenaroli and Speranza. He concentrated on writing opera in his early career.
1781 – His first opera, Montesuma, was given at San Carlo.
1789 – He went to Paris to compose Antigone.
1793 – He left France hurriedly at the time of the revolution and returned to Italy where he was appointed maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral, Italy where he remained until the next year.
1794 – He took up the post of maestro di cappella at Santa Casa, Loreto.
1804 – He was appointed choir master of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
1811 – He refused, as an Italian patriot, to carry out a "Te Deum" for Napoleon’s son , newly born and known as King of Rome, in St. Peter’s, Rome and was taken as captive to Paris. His last opera “Berenice” achieved considerable success in his lifetime.
1813 – He moved back to Naples where he became Director of the Conservator.
1816 – He replaced Giovanni Paisiello as choir master of Naples cathedral, a position he held until his death.
1829 – He wrote a cantata for the Birmingham Festival. Less than a month before his death he produced an oratorio, "The Flight into Egypt".
1837 – He died in Torre del Greco, on the 5th day of May this year.