Feodor Chaliapin

Шаляпин, Федор  Иванович


Born Kazan, 13 February 1873

Died Paris, 12 April 1938


Largely self taught, Chaliapin began his career at the Tiblisi Opera before joining the Petersburg Imperial Opera and in 1896 at Mamontov's private opera near Moscow. With Rakhmaninov he studied the title role in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, which  made him one of the lead singers of the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow. He died of leukemia in Paris where he was buried. In 1984 his remains were transferred to the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow in an elaborate ceremony.