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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
1Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
2Ecco per l'aura spiegasi Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Procida
3Addio mia patria invendicato Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Guido/Procida
4Concedi in pria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
5Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
6A moi les plaisirs Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
7Dans les bruyères Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.01

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

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
8Nume custode e vindice Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis
9Uldino Uldin Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Uldino/Attila
10E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
11Ciel tu Rodrigo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
12Amica 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
13Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
14Deh! 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
15Un patto un giuramento Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ensembleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
16A te ciel natio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tebaldo/Roberto/Bethune
17Piano..qui posi..approntisi Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Surgeon
18Ecco la spada Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Simon/Paolo
19Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
20Sogno o son desto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido
21Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
22Io l'ho perduta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue
23Il rossor mi copri Popularity:

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

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Danieli
24La brezza aleggia intorno Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo
25O patria Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: S T B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Danieli/Procida/Arrigo/Guido
26Oh! come felici gioiscon gli sposi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01

Type: ensembleVoice: S T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
27In 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
28All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
29Parla in tuo cor virgineo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
30In fra noi due si oppone Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo/Guido
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