For several years in my childhood and adolescence I listened to Chaliapin
on the old hand-wound Victrola, and one of my favourites was the "Slander Aria" from The Barber of Seville.
After that the collection didn't grow much, with the exception of some sketches Boris Chaliapin
did in the 1940s and 1950s.
Both are in the historical Ansonia Hotel which has been home to many of the famous in the musical world: Enrico Caruso, Ezio Pinza, Lily Pons, Feodor Chaliapin
, Eleanor Steber.
A family story had it that a cousin, a soprano, while singing with Chaliapin
, had heard him mutter at her the derogatory Russian "zhid.
2) The movie was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starred, among others, Sean Connery (William of Baskerville), Christian Slater (Adso of Melk), and Feodor Chaliapin
Most are older recordings, some featuring the legendary Russian bass, Feodor Chaliapin
(his recordings date from the 1930s), while others have that splendid lyric tenor, Niccolai Gedda, who comes from a Russian emigre family.
You could sing like Chaliapin
you could fight like Alexander Nevsky but you might as well lie doggo and just pray for snow like Sergei Mikhailovich in Alma Alta.
Regularly pestered by we aspiring young musicians, Ambrose and his friend, the distinguished Welsh viola player Gwynne Edwards, would regale us with their experiences performing with the great maestros and soloists of the early 20th century, Toscanini, Beecham, Walter, Chaliapin
, Heifetz and so many others.
Abram Arkhipov's Russian Beauty at her Embroidery, once owned by Feodor Chaliapin
, sold for 120,000 [pounds sterling] at Sotheby's, London, in May 2003, while at their inaugural New York Russian sale in April 2004, Sotheby's announced with some elation the discovery of two of his portraits of smiling peasant girls, one of which realised a record for the artist at $276,800.
Appendixes describe four singers and their films: Geraldine Farrar, Enrico Caruso, Feodor Chaliapin
, and Hope Hampton.
Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin
created the Don--one of the legendary singer's most successful roles--though Massenet preferred the more restrained French bass-baritone Vanni Marcoux, who sand the Paris premiere.
19 The Russian Feodor Chaliapin
was famous in the 20th century as what?