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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
31Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
32E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
33Figlia! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
34Le minaccie i fieri accenti Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
35Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
36Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
37Nume custode e vindice Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Ramfis
38Schweig schweig damit dich niemand warnt Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
39Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
40Ainsi que la brise légère Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.09

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

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust/Siébel
41Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco
42Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
43Possente Ftha Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
44Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
45Varlaam's Song Popularity:

Opera: Boris GodunovComposer: MussorgskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Russian

Roles:
46Vin ou bière Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner
47Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
48Piango perche mi parla Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Simon
49Che parli tu di morte? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
50Tutta in voi la luce mia Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
51Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
52Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

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

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
53Hier im ird'schen Jammertal Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
54O Signor di Fiandra arrivo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
55Dormiro sol nel manto mio regal Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II
56In braccio alle dovizie Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guido
57Ecco la sconsolata Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Seneca/Ottavia/Valletto
58Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
59La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
60Orfanella il tetto umile Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
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