Personalities | Nicolai Ghiaurov | Contemporary | Classical
He studied at the Bulgarian State and Moscow conservatories, making his stage debut in Sofia in 1955 as Don Basilio (Rossini’s Barber of Seville). To this he added many of the other great bass roles: Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust (his Italian debut in Rome), Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlos, and the title roles in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, the latter a majestic interpretation preserved on record under both Karajan and Abbado (La Scala, 1978).
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