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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
1Christ est ressuscité Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.06

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: French

2Anges purs anges radieux Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.05-2

Type: trioVoice: S T B-BrLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Faust/Méphistophélès
3Alerte alerte ou vous perdus Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
4Le jour va luire Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.04

Type: trioVoice: S B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Marguerite/Méphistophélès/Faust
5Que ton ivresse o volupté Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
6Dans les bruyères Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 5.01

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

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès
7A lui vivo la tomba Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Ramfis
8Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
9Radames Radames Radames! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis/Sacerdotessa
10Que voulez vous messieurs ? Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.09

Type: trioVoice: T B-Br BrLanguage: French

Roles: Faust/Méphistophélès/Valentin
11Pieta rispetto amore Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth
12Ah! torna Israello Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
13Della vendetta alfin giunge Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Gilda
14Qu'attendez vous encore Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
15Ah! piu non ragiono Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Sparafucile/Maddalena/Duke
16Viva Nabucco! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

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

17Figlio deh vien Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Balthazar/Fernand
18Vecchia zimarra, senti Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline
19Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
20Va la palma del martirio Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria/Fenena
21C'è Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.05

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
22Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
23Déposons les armes Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz/SLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin/Siébel
24Gavotta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: B Br Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo
25Cadran cadranno i perfidi Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-2

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abdallo/Nabucco
26Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
27Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

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

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
28Ferma crudele Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Silva/Ernani/Elvira
29Dio di Giuda! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
30Son pur queste mie membra Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
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