Chaliapin, Feodor

Russian bass, 1873 - 1938

“The highest of art is to penetrate mankind’s soul.”

Feodor Chaliapin

As Méphistophélès in “Faust”

In the title-role of Boito’s “Mefistofele”

“At last I see my own conception of the role! At last I have found my devil!”   

Arrigo Boito about Feodor Chaliapin’s Mefistofele


As Don Quichotte



“If I amounted to anything in life, it was as an actor and a singer. I was totally committed to my vocation. I had no other ruling passion whatever, no particular taste for anything other than the stage.”

Feodor Chaliapin



Recordings: (selection)

Recital Vol. 1: Arias and duets by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod, Délibes, Glinka, Rubinstein

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Recital Vol. 2: Arias and duets by Rossini, Bellini, Boito, Gounod, Massenet, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Dargomyzhsky

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Recital Vol. 3: Recordings 1908 - 1913

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Feodor Chaliapin on Stage 1926 - 1928

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Song Book (electric recordings)

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Russian Opera Arias

EMI Références

F. Chaliapin: Russian Music Vol. 1


F. Chaliapin: Russian Music Vol. 2


F. Chaliapin live at Covent Garden and Albert Hall


Famous Basses of the Past

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20 Great Bass Arias & Songs Vol. 1 and 2


Mike Richter’s Opera Page: Singers on Record Vol. 2 and 3


Covent Garden on Record Vol. 3 and 4


La Scala Edition Vol. 1


Casa Sonzogno - A Historical Vocal Portrait


Greatest Voices of the Bolshoi


The Great Singers of Russia Vol. 1



As Holofernes in Serov’s “Judith”


“It is impossible to separate Chaliapin the singer from Chaliapin the actor. Each works for the other, where the singer ends, the actor begins and vice-versa. They are both on stage at the same time.”

Wiener Zeitung 1927


As Boris Godunov


“I know if he walked into a room all talk stopped - even if not everyone knew him. Often in Paris going for a walk with him people turned and stared after us...   My father was totally devoted to the theatre.”

Marfa Hudson Davies, née Chaliapin




Once at eve (Pimen’s narration in Boris Godunov / Mussorgsky / Gramophone 1911)