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Nicolai Ghiaurov

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: Bulgarian
Year of Birth: 1929
Year of Death: 2004

About Nicolai Ghiaurov:

Nicolai Ghiaurov (or Nikolai Gjaurov, Nikolay Gyaurov, Bulgarian: Николай Гяуров) (September 13, 1929 – June 2, 2004) was a Bulgarian opera singer and one of the most famous basses of the postwar period. He was admired for his powerful, sumptuous voice, and was particularly associated with roles of Mussorgsky and Verdi. Ghiaurov married the Bulgarian pianist Zlatina Mishakova in 1956 and Italian soprano Mirella Freni in 1978, and the two singers frequently performed together. They lived in Modena until Ghiaurov's death in 2004 of a heart attack.

Ghiaurov was born in the small mountain town of Velingrad in southern Bulgaria. As a child, he learned to play the violin, piano and clarinet. He began his musical studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in 1949 under Prof. Hristo Brambarov. From 1950 until 1955, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory.

Ghiaurov's career was launched in 1955, when he won the Grand Prix at the International Vocal Competition in Paris and the First Prize and a gold medal at the Fifth World Youth Festival in Prague. Ghiaurov made his operatic debut in 1955 as Don Basilio in Rossini's The Barber of Seville in Sofia. He made his Italian operatic debut in 1957 in Teatro Comunale Bologna, before starting an international career with his rendition of Varlaam in the opera Boris Godunov at La Scala in 1959. 1962 marked Ghiaurov's Covent Garden debut as Padre Guardiano in Verdi's La forza del destino as well as his first appearance in Salzburg in Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
2Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
3Voi tutti che m'udite Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Balthazar/Léonor/Alphonse
4Voci di giubilo Popularity:

Opera: Mose in EgittoComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: quintetVoice: B B T S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mosè/Faraone/Elézer/Sinaide/Amenofi
5Vivat! vivat le Torero Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga
6Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
7Viva Nabucco! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: ensemble,choir,finaleVoice: Br S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

8Viva Nabucco Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: quartetVoice: S B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Nabucco
9Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
10Vin ou bière Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.01

Type: recitative,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Wagner
11Vieni!..Lasciami! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-1

Type: quintet,choirVoice: Br cA B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/La Cieca/Alvise/Enzo/Gioconda
12Vieni o Levita Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
13Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11-3

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
14Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
15Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
16Vecchia zimarra, senti Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline
17Ve gente alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
18Va la palma del martirio Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria/Fenena
19Urna fatale del mio destino Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
20Una cuffietta a pizzi Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S Br B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
21Un patto un giuramento Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ensembleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

22Uldino Uldin Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Uldino/Attila
23Uldino a me dinanzi Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 0.05

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Attila/Ezio
24Tutto e deserto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
25Tutta in voi la luce mia Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
26Tu sul labbro dei veggenti Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria
27Tu sei turbato? Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.02

Type: Voice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Normanno/Raimondo
28Traditor la mia rival Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.16-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Radames
29Tête folle Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
30Te sol te sol quest anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
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