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Soliva, Carlo Evasiolocked

  • Zofia Chechlińska

(b Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, 1792; d Paris, Dec 20, 1853). Italian composer, teacher and conductor. He studied with Asioli and Federici at the Milan Conservatory and in 1815 was engaged as a conductor at La Scala, where four of his five operas were produced. In 1821 he moved to Warsaw, where he became one of the foremost figures in musical life. He taught singing and harmony at the conservatory and (from 1827) was director of the School of Singing and Declamation (a section of the old conservatory which included instrumental as well as singing classes). He also conducted many operas and symphony concerts in Warsaw, including Chopin’s farewell concert on 11 October 1830. In 1832 he moved to St Petersburg, where from 1834 he was conductor of the tsar’s royal chapel, director of the opera and teacher of music theory and head of singing classes at the school of drama. In 1841, after a visit to Italy, he settled in Paris. His other compositions were mainly sacred vocal and chamber works. He also wrote a two-volume textbook, Szkoła śpiewu konserwatorium muzycznego w Warszawie (‘School of Singing of the Music Conservatory in Warsaw’).



all operas performed Milan, Scala, unless otherwise stated

La testa di bronzo, ossia La campana solitaria (opera comica, 2, F. Romani), 3 Sept 1816

Berenice d’Armenia (os, 3, J. Ferretti), Turin, Regio, Jan 1817

La zingara delle Asturie (opera semiseria, 2, Romani), 5 Aug 1817

Giulia e Sesto Pompeo (os, 2, B. Perotti), 24 Feb 1818

Elena e Malvina (opera semiseria, 2, Romani), 22 May 1824

Other works


Ave Maria, Pater noster, Salve regina, all 3 female vv, pf (Milan, 1843)

Compianto sulla tomba di G.S. Mayr, 4vv, 2 bells (Milan, 1846)

De profundis, S, chorus, pf (1847)

Ps cxxviii, 3 female vv, pf (Milan, 1847)

Te Deum, 1v, org/orch (Paris, 1851)

Veni Creator, 3 female vv, pf (Milan, 1851)

other works


Grande sonata (Gran trio), c, vn, vc, pf, op.10 (Milan, 1820)

3 grandi trii, pf, va, hp, 1820

Pastorale, E♭, va, vc, pf; Sonata e variazioni, g, pf 4 hands (Vienna, 1844)

Sonatina, C, pf, 4 hands; sets of variations, pf, pf 4 hands; other works


  • DEUMM (S. Martinotti); SMP
  • E. Nowakowski: ‘Dawne szkoły muzyczne w Warszawie’ [The old music schools in Warsaw], Echo muzyczne, teatralne i artystyczne, 8 (1891), 335–6, 364 only, 375 only, 405–6
  • L.T. Błaszczyk: Dyrygenci polscy i obcy w Polsce działający w XIX i XX wieku [Polish and foreign conductors working in Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries] (Kraków, 1964), 271–2
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