Boris Christoff in Boris Godunov
Opera singer Boris Christoff returns to the Parisian stage of the Champs Elysées theatre after a twelve year absence to interpret the role of Boris Godunov, and part of Mikhail Glinka's opera A Life for the Tsar . After a brief interview, he performs an excerpt from Boris Godunov.
Born in Bulgaria in 1914, Boris Christoff is from a family of amateur musicians. He began singing in a choir in Sofia. He was advised - by the king himself - to devote his studies to singing. He left for Italy where, under the direction of Riccardo Stracciari, he first thought of a career as a baritone. But it was as a bass that started his career in 1946. For several years he sang his wide-ranging repertoire in Italy, from Brahms to Giordano, passing by Wagner and Massenet...
Then, in the following twenty years his career developed throughout Europe. He was much sought after. He sang the great Russian roles in particular but also Verdi, Gounod, the great bass roles. He left us with many recordings: several versions of Boris Godunov, Ivan Sousanine, Faust, Russian melodies, Don Carlos... The richness of his voice, his respect for a score's nuances, his passion and his stage-presence made him one of the great bass voices of the 20th century. Boris Christoff died in Rome in 1993.