Soliva, Carlo Evasio
- 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 ...