Giovanni Pacini (February 2, 1796. – December 6, 1867) was an Italian composer, best known for his operas. Pacini was born in Catania, Sicily, to the son of the buffo Luigi Pacini, who was to appear in the premieres of many of Giovanni's operas. The family was of Tuscan origin, and just happened to be in Catania when the composer was born. During his lifetime, Pacini wrote some 74 operas. This is less than earlier estimates, which ranged from 80 to 90, since it has now been ascertained that many were just alternate titles for other works.