A mighty bass was born today

A mighty bass was born today


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2014

It’s the Boris Christoff centenary.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on 18 May 1914, Christoff made his operatic debut on 12 May 1946 as Colline in La Bohème at Reggio Calabria. After the Communist takeover, he never sang again in his homeland.

Boris Chistoff was the outstanding Boris Godunov after Chaliapin.

Official biography here.

boris christoff


  • Tommy says:

    THE best bass. Ever!

  • NYMike says:

    I remember doing Boris with him in the title role at Chicago Lyric in 1958. He knocked me out! His backwards fall off the throne was thrilling.