Boris Christoff
Boris Christoff

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Name: Boris Christoff
Occupation: Opera Singer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 18, 1914
Death Date: Jun 28, 1993 (age 79)
Age: Aged 79
Country: Bulgaria
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Boris Christoff

Boris Christoff was born on May 18, 1914 in Bulgaria (79 years old). Boris Christoff is an Opera Singer, zodiac sign: Taurus. Find out Boris Christoffnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He made his American debut in 1956 at the San Francisco Opera.

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As per our current Database, Boris Christoff died on Jun 28, 1993 (age 79).

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Before Fame

He studied law and worked as a magistrate while singing in the Gusla Chorus.

Biography Timeline


Born in Plovdiv, Christoff demonstrated early his singing talent and sang as a boy at the choir of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia. His father had been a very popular cantor at Resen, attracting the faithful to the Bulgarian Exarchist church where he was chanting. In the late 1930s he graduated in law and started a career as a magistrate. He continued singing in his spare time in the Gusla Chorus in Sofia, achieving an enormous success as the chorus soloist in 1940. Thanks to a government grant, Christoff left in May 1942 for Italy where he was tutored for two years in the core Italian bass repertoire by the great baritone of an earlier generation, Riccardo Stracciari.


After several guest appearances and recitals in Austria in 1944 and 1945, Christoff returned to Italy in December 1945. He made his operatic debut as Colline in La bohème at Reggio Calabria on 12 March 1946. In following years Christoff appeared in a number of roles at Milan's La Scala, Venice's La Fenice, the Rome Opera, Covent Garden in London, the opera theatres in Naples, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, etc.


In 1950 he was invited to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City but was refused entry into the USA as a result of the McCarran Immigration Act, which banned citizens of Eastern bloc countries from entering the country. The role was instead filled by the young Italian basso, Cesare Siepi. After the restrictions were loosened, Christoff made an operatic debut in the United States in 1956 at the San Francisco Opera. He refused any further invitations to the Metropolitan and never appeared there. After a brief absence from the scene due to brain tumour surgery in 1964, Christoff resumed his career in 1965, though at a much slower pace. In 1967 he was allowed to return to Bulgaria for the first time since 1945, for the funeral of his mother.


While he was a grand performer on stage, Christoff had difficult off-stage relations with fellow singers and producers, which sometimes grew into public scandals. In 1955 he fell out with Maria Callas during the performances of Medea at the Rome Opera and in 1961 his contract with La Scala was terminated after an open conflict with fellow Bulgarian Nicolai Ghiaurov whom Christoff blamed for collaborating with the Bulgarian communist regime. Herbert von Karajan tried to make him sing the title role in Don Giovanni which would have been inappropriate for his range; this prompted him to sever relations with von Karajan.


In the 1970s Christoff on-stage performances were all but frequent. He brought his career to an end with a final concert at the Accademia di Bulgaria in Rome on 22 June 1986. He died in Rome in 1993 and his body was returned to Bulgaria, where he was given a state funeral and buried in Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Family Life

Boris was born and raised in Plovdiv.

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Currently, Boris Christoff is 108 years, 6 months and 12 days old. Boris Christoff will celebrate 109th birthday on a Thursday 18th of May 2023. Below we countdown to Boris Christoff upcoming birthday.


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103rd birthday - Thursday, May 18, 2017

4 Operas That Ezio Pinza & Boris Christoff Both Performed Extensively - Opera Wire

Yesterday we took a look at two titanic sopranos that shared a birthday. Today, May 18, we turn our attention to two important basses that were also born on the same day. Ezio Pinza’s birth came on this day in 1892 while Boris Christoff’s came in 1914. Both artists led rather different careers with the former finishing out his career {…}

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