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Feodor Chaliapin
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Vocalist
    (February 13, 1873-April 12, 1938)
    Born in Kazan, Russian Federation
    Signature roles included the title role in Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' and Mephistopholes in Gounod's 'Faust' and Boito's 'Mefistofole'
    Also recorded Russian folk songs and popularized 'The Song of the Volga Boatmen'
    Wrote the autobiography 'Man and Mask: Forty Years in the Life of a Singer' (1932)
    His first name was also spelled Fyodor, while his last name was also spelled Shalyapin.
    When he portrayed Basilio in 'The Barber of Seville' at the Metropolitan Opera House, he injected 'realism' into his performance by picking his nose and wiping his fingers on his costume.
    He hogged the spotlight on stage, with Rosa Ponselle commenting, 'If a colleague gave him an inch, he would steal the entire scene.'
    The directors of the Metropolitan Opera translated only his negative reviews to keep him from demanding a raise.
    The Soviet government declared him an 'enemy of the revolution' and seized his property.
    Arturo Toscanini said he was the greatest operatic talent he had ever worked with.

Credit: C. Fishel


    In 2018, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 10 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 26 Votes: 73.08% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 73 Votes: 64.38% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 20 Votes: 65.00% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 77 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 70 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 223 Votes: 43.50% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 302 Votes: 42.05% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 243 Votes: 68.31% Annoying
 
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