Compositore born in Castrogiovanni (Enna), Coppola studied music first with his father Giuseppe, choirmaster, then he moved to Naples to improve his skills (1815) with Nicola Zingarelli at the Conservatory of Pietà dei Turchini (Conservatory of Music, Naples). At 23 he made his debut as a dramatic composer with the opera “Il figlio del bandito” (The Son of the bandit) at the Teatro del Fondo, Naples (1816).
Coppola became famous with the opera “Nina pazza per amore”The more successful he obtained with the work: Nina crazy for love (in Rome, Teatro Valle, 1835) which had great popularity in all major theaters of Europe, was produced in French with the title “Eve”), and later toured in Mexico. From 1839 to 1842 and from 1850 to 1871, Coppola lived in Lisbon and worked as music director for the Teatro San Carlo and the theater of count Farrobo Count writing works in both Portuguese and French. In the fall of 1873, he settled in Catania, where he became director of the musical institutions of the city and lived the last years of his life.