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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
1Nous nous retrouverons Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
2Qu'attendez vous encore Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
3Seigneur Dieu, que vois-je! Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.07

Type: quartetVoice: Mz/cA S T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Marthe/Marguerite/Faust/Méphistophélès
4Vin ou bière Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner
5Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

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

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
6Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
7Dans les bruyères Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.01

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

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
8Que ton ivresse o volupté Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
9O toi l'objet le plus aimable Popularity:

Opera: Ifigenia en AulideComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Agamemnon
10Allons amis point de vaines Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner/Méphistophélès
11Le veau d'or est toujours debout Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès
12Par ici mes amis Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.10

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

Roles: Valentin/Marthe/Marguerite/Siébel
13Déposons les armes Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin/Siébel
14Le jour va luire Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.04

Type: trioVoice: S B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Méphistophélès/Faust
15A moi les plaisirs Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
16Scintille diamant Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Dapertutto
17De l'enfer qui vient émousser Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.07-1

Type: Voice: B-Br Br Mz/S TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Valentin/Siébel/Faust
18Ainsi que la brise légère Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.09

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

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust/Siébel
19Tête folle Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
20Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
21Ein furchtbares Verbrechen ward begangen Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Hermann
22Nur hurtig fort Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Leonore
23Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
24Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.06

Type: recitative,quartetVoice: B-Br T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
25Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco
26Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
27Hier im ird'schen Jammertal Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
28Ha! welch ein Augenblick Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.11

Type: aria,choirVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro
29Titurel der fromme Held Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
30Schweig schweig damit dich niemand warnt Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
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