Pucitta [Puccitta], Vincenzo (opera)
- Andrea Lanza
(b Civitavecchia, nr Rome, 1778; d Milan, Dec 20, 1861). Italian composer . After studying at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples with Fenaroli and Sala, he began his career as an opera composer in Senigallia in 1799 (according to Fétis) with a work of unknown title, followed by two farces for Parma and Lucca. During the next five years he produced mostly farces or one-act comedies for theatres in Venice and Milan, including a one-act opera inspired by Goethe’s Werther in 1802. In the same year his opera buffa Il puntiglio was given at La Scala, establishing his reputation, and in 1804 he had his first great success with the farce La burla fortunata, which was widely revived until 1833 under various titles. Fétis reports that he went to Lisbon in 1806, where an Andromaca was performed. He was then music director of the Italian opera in Amsterdam and from ...