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Chaliapin, Feodor Ivanovich Sr. (Fyodor)

Born: 1873 AD
Died: 1938 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Singer


1873 - Born on February 13th in Omet Tawi, Kazan, Russia. Russian basso singer.

1883-1889 - He was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes.

1890 - Chaliapin was hired to sing in a choir at the Semenov-Samarsky private theatre in Ufa.

1891 - He toured Russia with the Dergach Opera.

1892 - He settled in Tiflis (Tbilisi), because he found a good teacher, Usatov, who gave Chaliapin free professional opera training for one year.

- He also sang at the St. Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral in Tbilisi.

1893 - Chaliapin began his career at the Tbilisi Opera.

1894 - He had his final 'Benefith' night on February 4th.

         - He moved to Moscow upon recommendation of his teacher Usatov.

1896 - Mamontov introduced Chaliapin to a young Italian ballerina Iola Tornagi, who came to Moscow for a stage career.

1900 - He performed at the Paris Opera, as well as at numerous private concerts for Sergei Diaghilev. His acting and singing was sensational. He made many sound recordings, of which the recordings of the Russian folk songs 'Vdol po Piterskoi' and 'The Song of the Volga Boatmen' are best known.

1901 - He made his debut at La Scala in the role of Mefistofele in Faust by Jules Massenet under the baton of Arturo Toscanini.

1906 - Chaliapin started a civil union with Maria Valentinovna Petzhold in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1922 - Soviet government stripped Chaliapin of all his titles and honors. He settled in Paris, France.

1933 - Chaliapin collaborated with Maxim Gorky, who wrote and edited his memoirs, which he published.

1938 - Died of anemia brought on by kidney ailment on April 12th in Paris, France.


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