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Boris Christoff

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: Bulgarian
Year of Birth: 1914
Year of Death: 1993

About Boris Christoff:

Boris Christoff (Bulgarian: Борис Кирилов Христов, translit. Boris Kirilov Hristov, IPA: ; 18 May 1914 – 28 June 1993) was a Bulgarian opera singer, widely considered one of the greatest basses of the 20th century.

Born in Plovdiv, Christoff demonstrated early his singing talent and sang as a boy at the choir of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia. His father had been a very popular cantor at Resen, attracting the faithful to the Exarchist church where he was chanting. In the late 1930s he graduated in law and started a career as a magistrate. He continued singing in his spare time in the Gusla Chorus in Sofia, achieving an enormous success as the chorus soloist in 1940. Thanks to a government grant, Christoff left in May 1942 for Italy where he was tutored for two years in the core Italian bass repertoire by the great baritone of an earlier generation, Riccardo Stracciari.

After several guest appearances and recitals in Austria in 1944 and 1945, Christoff returned to Italy in December 1945. He made his operatic debut as Colline in La bohème at Reggio Calabria on 12 March 1946. In following years Christoff appeared in a number of roles at Milan's La Scala, Venice's La Fenice, the Rome Opera, Covent Garden in London, the opera theatres in Naples, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, etc.

In 1950 he was invited to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City but was refused entry into the USA as a result of the McCarran Immigration Act, which banned citizens of Eastern bloc countries from entering the country. The role was instead filled by the young Italian basso, Cesare Siepi. After the restrictions were loosened, Christoff made an operatic debut in the United States in 1956 at the San Francisco Opera. He refused any further invitations to the Metropolitan and never appeared there. After a brief absence from the scene due to brain tumour surgery in 1964, Christoff resumed his career in 1965, though at a much slower pace. In 1967 he was allowed to return to Bulgaria for the first time since 1945, for the funeral of his mother.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
2A moi les plaisirs Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
3A te ciel natio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tebaldo/Roberto/Bethune
4A te l'estremo addio Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
5A te scegli seguimi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani
6Addio mia patria invendicato Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Guido/Procida
7Ah! non io non io v'offria Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
8Ah! si maledetto sospetto fatale Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Eboli/Rodrigue/Elisabeth
9Ai nostri fidi nunzio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida
10Ainsi que la brise légère Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust/Siébel
11Al mio furor sfuggite Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: trioVoice: Mz T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Carlo/Rodrigue
12Al tuo cor generoso Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena
13All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
14Allons amis point de vaines Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner/Méphistophélès
15Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
16Amica man sollievo al martir Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido/Elena/Bethune/Procida
17Amici e giunta l'ora Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca
18Ave Signor Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 0

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
19Buona notte mia figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Leonora/Curra
20Carlo il sommo imperatore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
21Carlo se mai su te fogli Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
22Cavalier questo foglio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bethune/Arrigo/Elena
23Cerco invan Tolomeo Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA/Mz/cT cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto/Achilla/Cesare/Nireno
24Che dicesti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.01-2

Type: Voice: Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Pietro/Simon
25Che mai si fa nel suol francese Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Eboli/Rodrigue
26Che mai veggio infelice Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
27Che parli tu di morte? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
28Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
29Che rispose Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Simon/Pietro
30Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
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