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Nicolai Ghiaurov was an opera singer from Bulgaria who rose to become one of the predominant bass singers of the 20th Century. He performed alongside virtually all of opera's superstars, including Pavaroti, Sutherland, Domingo, Tebaldi, Milnes, Fisher-Dieskau, Corelli, Caballe, Raimondi and many more.
His triumphant career brought him to world famous stages across the globe, performing with equal aptitude in French, Russian, and Italian at opera houses from the Bolshoi Theater and Covent Gardens to La Scala and Metropolitan Opera in New York. His vast repertoire includes all the major bass roles: Faust, Don Carlos, Boris Godunov, La Forza del Destino, La Favorita, Medea, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville & more. His performances have been conducted by such luminaries as Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Otto Klemperer, and Claudio Abbado, among others.
This DVD celebrates Nicolai Ghiaurov's magnificent career on the occasion of his 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert. Nicolai Ghiaurov's legacy is forever secured. His thespian acumen, booming yet refined voice, and magnetism on stage transformed him from the humble county boy into perhaps the greatest bass singer of the post World War II era.
1. Song of the Golden Calf from Faust by Charles Gounod
2. Death Scene Aria from Don Quichotte (Don Quixote) by Jules Massenet
3. Selection from La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini with Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, and Piero Cappuccilli
4. Fiesco's Aria from Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
5. Behind the Scenes Rehearsal with Herbert von Karajan and The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Mephistopheles and Marguerite in the Cathedral Scene (with Mirella Freni) from Faust Charles Gounod
7. Behind the Scenes Rehearsal at La Scala with Mirella Freni, Claudio Abbado, and Piero Cappuccilli
8. Calumnia from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
9. Death Scene from Boris Godunov by Boris Godunov
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Nicolai Ghiaurov Biography
Instant Access to All Songs
Digital Dolby Stereo Audio
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