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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
1Ave Signor Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 0

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
2Oh de Fieschi implacata Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.00

Type: quartetVoice: Br B Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Fiesco/Paolo/Pietro
3Che dicesti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.01-2

Type: Voice: Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Pietro/Simon
4Di vergini straniere Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Uldino/Odabella
5A te l'estremo addio Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
6Il lacerato spirito Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco
7Uldino a me dinanzi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.05

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio
8Son lo spirito Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mefistofele
9L'offeso onor Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva
10Carlo il sommo imperatore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
11Buona notte mia figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Leonora/Curra
12Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
13A te ciel natio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tebaldo/Roberto/Bethune
14Qual s'offre al mio sguardo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vaudemont/Bethune
15Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
16Uldino Uldin Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Uldino/Attila
17E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
18D'Egitto la sui lidi Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
19Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila
20Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
21Io l'ho perduta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue
22In alto mare e battuto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Tebaldo/Roberto/Ninette/Danieli
23Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
24D'ira fremo all aspetto tremendo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Ninette/Danieli/Guido
25Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
26Madamina il catalogo e questo Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
27Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
28Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco
29No non e sogno Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles:
30Orfanella il tetto umile Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
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