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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
1Hier im ird'schen Jammertal Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
2Schweig schweig damit dich niemand warnt Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
3Ein furchtbares Verbrechen ward begangen Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Hermann
4Titurel der fromme Held Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
5Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
6Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
7O Signor di Fiandra arrivo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
8Che mai si fa nel suol francese Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Eboli/Rodrigue
9Oh! come felici gioiscon gli sposi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: ensembleVoice: S T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
10Le vaghe spose affé Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto/Procida/Tebaldo
11Che dicesti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 0.01-2

Type: Voice: Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Pietro/Simon
12Deh! 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
13Il rossor mi copri Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Danieli
14Toh toh poffare il mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melitone
15Quei due vedesti Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: Voice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Pietro
16Uldino a me dinanzi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.05

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio
17Cugino a che munito Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo/Silva
18Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
19All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
20Come dal ciel precipita Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Banco
21Concedi in pria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
22Qual s'offre al mio sguardo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vaudemont/Bethune
23Infin che un brando vindice Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
24Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
25Parla in tuo cor virgineo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
26Ah! 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
27Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
28Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
29Per me giunto e il di supremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
30Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
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