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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
1Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
2In armi ora si desta il popol nostro Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida
3Nume custode e vindice Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis
4Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
5A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
6Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
7Muori.. arresta insano Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.16-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Radames
8Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
9Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
10Immenso Ftha del mondo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.15

Type: Voice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
11Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
12Concedi in pria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
13O Re pei sacri Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
14Spirito del Nume sovra noi discendi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
15Possente Ftha Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
16Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
17Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
18Ah! non io non io v'offria Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
19Tutta in voi la luce mia Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
20Oh! qual parlar fu il suo Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
21E gettata la mia sorte Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio
22Tregua e cogli unni Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio
23Del ciel l'immensa volta Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: B Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio/Foresto/Odabella/Uldino
24Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila
25Te sol te sol quest anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
26Non involarti seguimi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: Voice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
27Di vergini straniere Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Uldino/Odabella
28No non e sogno Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles:
29Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
30Uldino Uldin Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Uldino/Attila
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