An Italian composer, Leonardo Vinci was born in 1696. His music exerted a direct influence on many composers of the next generation, notably Pergolesi and Hasse, and also made an impact on older composers such as Vivaldi and Handel, whose later works incorporated elements of the style of Vinci and his colleagues.
Vinci made his operatic début in 1719 at the Teatro dei Fiorentini in Naples with the commedia per musica Lo cecato fauzo. His second opera followed immediately in July, and for the next three years he was virtual house composer at the Fiorentini. Vinci's first operas were of the commedia per musica type, full-length comic operas with texts primarily in Neapolitan dialect.