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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
91Al tuo cor generoso Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena
92Parla in tuo cor virgineo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
93O Re pei sacri Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Radames
94Il santo nome di Dio Signore Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guardiano
95Io morro ma lieto in core Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
96Il rossor mi copri Popularity:

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

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Danieli
97Viva la buona compagnia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Preziosilla/Mayor/Trabuco
98Buona notte mia figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Leonora/Curra
99In armi ora si desta il popol nostro Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida
100Sta bene Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mayor/Preziosilla/Carlo
101Del 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
102Sogno o son desto Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido
103Viva la guerra Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Preziosilla/Carlo/Mayor
104Par ici mes amis Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.10

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

Roles: Valentin/Marthe/Marguerite/Siébel
105Carlo il sommo imperatore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
106Tête folle Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
107E questo il loco Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Carlo/Don Riccardo
108Padre eterno signor Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Mayor/Leonora
109Toh toh poffare il mondo Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melitone
110Udisti? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Gabriele
111Nel posar sul mio capo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Elisabeth
112Nell ora soave che all estasi Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)
113Del ciel l'immensa volta Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: B Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio/Foresto/Odabella/Uldino
114Ecco per l'aura spiegasi Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena/Procida
115Che piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ezio/Foresto/Odabella
116A te scegli seguimi Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani
117Ein furchtbares Verbrechen ward begangen Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Hermann
118Restate! presso alla mia persona Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Rodrigue
119Io muoio confessione! Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo/Leonora
120Di vergini straniere Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Uldino/Odabella
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