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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
1Deh! vieni il mio mortale Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.07

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido/Procida/Elena
2In fra noi due si oppone Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.06-1

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo/Guido
3Ecco per l'aura spiegasi Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Procida
4Le jour va luire Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.04

Type: trioVoice: S B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Méphistophélès/Faust
5Al tuo cor generoso Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena
6La brezza aleggia intorno Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo
7Que ton ivresse o volupté Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
8Merce dilette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena
9Dans les bruyères Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
10Immenso Ftha del mondo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.15

Type: Voice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
11A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
12Par ici mes amis Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz/cA S Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin/Marthe/Marguerite/Siébel
13Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
14Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
15Spirito del Nume sovra noi discendi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
16Ministro di morte arresta Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guido/Elena/Procida/Arrigo
17Qu'attendez vous encore Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
18De profundis clamavi Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Guido/Arrigo
19Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
20Addio mia patria invendicato Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Guido/Procida
21Amica 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
22Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
23Déposons les armes Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin/Siébel
24Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
25Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
26Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B-Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
27Giunge qualcuno aprite Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: duetVoice: Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Melitone
28Ella giammai m'amò Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
29Oh! come felici gioiscon gli sposi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: ensembleVoice: S T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
30Dal tuo stellato soglio Popularity:

Opera: Mose in EgittoComposer: RossiniAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mosè
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