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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
61O splendide feste Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: trio,choirVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Arrigo/Elena
62Di vergini straniere Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Uldino/Odabella
63Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-2

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
64Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
65Si riaccendan le querce Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: trio,choirVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Foresto/Odabella
66Evviva il Doge Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-2

Type: Voice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Captain/Paolo
67A te scegli seguimi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani
68Si corre voce che l'Etiope Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
69O Re pei sacri Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
70Solitudine amata Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.01

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca/Mercurio
71Del piacer s'avanza l'ora! Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Danieli/Manfredo
72Non involarti seguimi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: Voice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
73No vendetta piu tremenda Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Elvira/Ernani
74Miei fidi amici alfine Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Arrigo
75Ecco la sconsolata Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.08

Type: trioVoice: B S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca/Ottavia/Valletto
76Buona notte mia figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Leonora/Curra
77Mi manca la voce Popularity:

Opera: Mose in EgittoComposer: RossiniAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: B S B B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mosè/Sinaide/Osiride/Faraone/Aufide
78De profundis clamavi Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Guido/Arrigo
79Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
80Nur hurtig fort Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Leonore
81Al tuo cor generoso Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena
82Nel posar sul mio capo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Elisabeth
83Spirito del Nume sovra noi discendi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
84Ah! 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
85Sta bene Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mayor/Preziosilla/Carlo
86Tutta in voi la luce mia Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
87Qual s'offre al mio sguardo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vaudemont/Bethune
88Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
89Del ciel l'immensa volta Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: B Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio/Foresto/Odabella/Uldino
90No non e sogno Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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