Temistocle Solera

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Temistocle Solera

Birthplace: Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death: April 21, 1878 (62)
Milan, Italy
Place of Burial: Milan, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Antonio Solera

Occupation: Italian opera composer, librettist, poet, impresario and diplomat
Managed by: Matti Kullervo Sorakivi
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About Temistocle Solera

Temistocle Solera was an Italian opera composer and librettist. He received his education at the Imperial College in Vienna and at the University of Pavia. Throughout his life he actively participated in anti-Austrian resistance. At one point, he was incarcerated for his activities. He completed several literary works, including the novel Michelino, his style influenced by Alessandro Manzoni. He then found work as a librettist; his collaboration with the composer Giuseppe Verdi began in 1839 and lasted for a few years. Solera then found work as the impresario for the Royal Theatre in Madrid, and also served as a diplomat.

He composed many operas and wrote librettos for many leading composers. For Verdi he made the following 5 librettos:

  • Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (1839)
  • Nabucco (1842),
  • I Lombardi alla prima crociata (1843)
  • Giovanna d'Arco (1845)
  • Attila (1846)


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Temistocle Solera's Timeline

December 25, 1815
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
April 21, 1878
Age 62
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy